Police: Elementary school on lockdown; shots fired in the area

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One suspect was taken into custody Monday after reports of shots heard in a Dayton neighborhood.

Officers caught up with the car and one suspect was taken into custody after others fled the scene.

Officers received information about shots being fired on the 4600 block of St. John Avenue where three suspects were throwing objects at a home.

(WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

According to the police report, a fight broke out after the homeowner confronted the suspects about what they were doing to his home.

The homeowner witnessed the one suspect who was taken into custody firing four gunshots in the air, according to the police report.

Officers started the car chase at Hillcrest Avenue and Salem Avenue around 12:20 p.m. Monday which caused Belle Haven Elementary School to have a lockdown where only certain people were allowed in the building.

Bonhart says the children will not be allowed out of the school until dismissal at 3:55 p.m. Monday.

She said parents were informed about the incident in a letter.

The letter says Dayton police suggested the school not allow anyone “whom we did not know in the school building and to make sure no students left the building”.

It adds:”The students were never in any danger and the order was lifted earlier this afternoon.”

Read the full letter here:

Hello, Belle Haven parents –

Earlier today, our staff was notified that Dayton Police suggested that we not allow anyone whom we did not know in the school building and to make sure no students left the building.

According to police, gunshots were fired at officers in the area of Hickorydale Park, located at the end of Hillcrest Avenue.

Because 2 of the 3 suspects were still at large after running from their vehicle at Salem and Hillcrest, as a precaution, authorities asked our staff to initiate a “soft lockdown” to protect the school by not allowing anyone with whom we are not familiar inside. The students were never in any danger and the order was lifted earlier this afternoon.

As is the policy of Dayton Public Schools, we want you to know the safety of your children is always at the forefront of any decisions made daily. School was dismissed at its regular time.

Thank you.

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