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Manhunt prompts school lockdown

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Two Decatur schools were briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon at the request of law enforcement after a patient from a nearby mental health facility escaped.

Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said they were notified just after 1 p.m. about a patient who had left the Behavioral Health Services facility, located in the Wise Health System West Campus (the old hospital).

As a precaution, Hoskins said he asked school administrators at the Decatur Intermediate School and McCarroll Middle School, both a block away from the Behavioral Health Services facility, to lock down both campuses while they searched for the man.

“We were just being precautious,” Hoskins said. “We didn’t want the kids going outside and running around while we were looking for him.”

Police searched the area but did not go into the schools, he said.

After about 30 to 45 minutes, the patient was located near the Wise County Fairgrounds about a mile south of the area and returned to the facility.

The school district sent a message to parents saying, in part, “At no time were students in any danger.”

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