Will E Sanders
PIQUA — A 20-minute school lockdown was ordered at Favorite Hill Primary School, 950 South St., Tuesday afternoon after a nearby disturbance was reported that involved a man firing a gun at least one time.
Officers responded to the area after a male threatened a female with a gun and subsequently fired the weapon, said Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison.
That man has since been identified as Thomas J. Honaker, 26, who lives at 908 W. Grant St. He initially fled the scene, but was later apprehended by Piqua authorities.
He has been charged with aggravated menacing and inducing panic, which are misdemeanors.
“The Piqua Police Department takes potential threats that could carry into schools very seriously and we assess the threats on a case-by-case basis,” Jamison said. “Until the officers could confirm that there was no danger to the children, they took the safest approach and requested the lockdown.”
Jamison said officers were inside the school when it was locked down and said school officials did an “excellent job” of completing the lockdown quickly.
“I’m thankful for the excellent response by officers, dispatchers, school staff, and students,” Jamison added. “It gives me confidence in their ability to handle critical situations, and to prevent unstable situations from escalating to the point of placing children and school staff at risk.”