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UPDATE: Standoff ends with self-inflicted shot fired

Posted: Updated: May 15, 2013 01:48 PM
Parents picking up children after Claiborne Elementary was placed on lockdown // Photo by Jackie Hicks Parents picking up children after Claiborne Elementary was placed on lockdown // Photo by Jackie Hicks
Parents picking up children after Claiborne Elementary was placed on lockdown // Photo by Jackie Hicks Parents picking up children after Claiborne Elementary was placed on lockdown // Photo by Jackie Hicks
Parents picking up children after Claiborne Elementary was placed on lockdown // Photo by Jackie Hicks Parents picking up children after Claiborne Elementary was placed on lockdown // Photo by Jackie Hicks
Gary W. Covington // Source: Ouachita Parish Corrections Gary W. Covington // Source: Ouachita Parish Corrections

UPDATE: The sheriff has identified the suspect in Wednesday's standoff as Gary W. Covington of 1115 Wallace Dean Road in West Monroe.

UPDATE: The scene of Wednesday morning's stand-off near Claiborne Elementary School has been cleared and Wallace Dean Road is back open to traffic. No students were injured in the incident, though the school was placed on lockdown and much of the area was evacuated during standoff with a suicidal suspect. The standoff ended when police fired gas into the home and stormed the property. That's when the suspect shot himself. Police say the suspect is alive. Our Larry Rhymes has been on scene all morning and will  have a LIVE report on KNOE 8 News at Noon.

UPDATE: Sheriff Jay Russell tells KNOE 8 News the standoff has ended. He says officers fired gas into the suspect's home and swarmed the property. Russell says that's when the suspect fired a self-inflicted gunshot. Russell says the suspect is still alive, but that the danger and standoff is over.

UPDATE: Superintendent Bob Webber says 75 students remain at Mini Scholars Daycare awaiting pick-up by parents (10:00a Wednesday). He says food is being brought to the remaining students and they are all safe. Webber says students are treating the time away from class as a "field trip" type experience. 

UPDATE: The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office remains on the scene in the 1100 block of Wallace Dean Road in West Monroe, with a barricaded suspect. The deputies were called to the residence in reference to a possible suicidal suspect. Upon arrival, the suspect fired shots at the deputies resulting in the current standoff.

As a precaution, the surrounding area has been evacuated, however, the sheriff says the scene is secured. Students at Claiborne Elementary were placed on lockdown and students in transit this morning were redirected to Biedenharn Sports Complex where many were picked up by parents.

The Superintendent has sent out an automated message telling parents they can pick up their students at Mini Scholars Daycare.

UPDATE: Superintendent Bob Webber says all kids on buses this morning are headed to Biedenharn Park in West Monroe to stand by. 

Webber also asks that if you are trying to travel on Arkansas Road to come to school at Claiborne to please go home.  He said absences will be worked out because of the incident today.

Police have confirmed that a man is locked in his house near the school threatening to commit suicide.

UPDATE: Ouachita Parish Police Chief Deputy Marc Mashaw says that Claiborne Elementary was locked down as a precautionary measure as they are dealing with a domestic disturbance near the school.

Students have been bused away from the school for safety.

Mashaw was still gathering the information as to where kids were taken, but said the kids were taken away from the school.

ORIGINAL STORY:

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An incident at Claiborne Elementary school has traffic on Arkansas Road backed up as police are on site.

At this time, no information has been released from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

KNOE 8 News has tried to contact Claiborne Elementary only to be told that they could not answer any questions at this time. 

Also several tips have been called in suggesting that children on school buses were on buses with a sheriff's deputy.  At this time, it is unclear where the buses are leaving and going to. 

We will have more information as it comes available. 

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