UPDATE 9:44 a.m.: Tuesday morning’s modified lockdown at Masons Cove Elementary School has been lifted after authorities arrested a wanted man nearby, according to Roanoke County officials.
Roanoke County’s public information officer, Amy Whittaker, says police were searching for a suspect with outstanding warrants who ran away from them, which led to the precautionary lockdown at Masons Cove Elementary.
That man — identified as 44-year-old Jason Darryl Colley of Roanoke County — is charged with two violations of a protective order, according to Whittaker.
However, Whittaker told WFXR News Colley is now into custody after being found almost a mile away from the school.
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke County school officials say Masons Cove Elementary School is on modified lockdown Tuesday morning because of police activity in the area.
According to Roanoke County Public Schools, this modified lockdown is just a precautionary measure.
Chuck Lionberger with Roanoke County Public Schools told WFXR News that “modified lockdown” means that the school is continuing instruction as usual while keeping the doors locked and restricting access from the outside since there is police activity nearby.
The district says all students and staff at Masons Cove Elementary are safe, but parents are asked not to come to the school due to the restricted access.
WFXR News has a crew on the way to the scene at this time.