WMPD: Man shoots elementary school building, hides inside for hours

Jeffrey L. Smith / Source: OPSO

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Authorities have arrested a man they say shot the front door of a West Monroe school and hid inside in for over 12 hours.

According to West Monroe PD, on Saturday, November 30, 2019, they responded to Riverbend Elementary School to investigate damage at the school. There, they found multiple shell casings the front of the school and discovered that the front door had been shot out.

They say surveillance video showed the suspect, identified as Jeffrey L. Smith, firing six rounds into the front door, shattering the glass. Police say he ran to the boys' and girls' restrooms and stayed there for 12 hours. Police also say that Smith shot multiple fire alarms, doors, and windows.

They believe he was trying to lure first responders or another person to the school. Police say that as the suspect left the school, he hid in defensive positions with his gun at the ready as if he were planning to shoot at anyone entering.

Police say he was armed with a 9mm handgun. Police say he was identified after he left his wallet with his Arkansas driver's license in the restroom.

Smith was located and arrested at 606 Riverbend Drive in West Monroe on December 2nd. Police say he admitted to the crimes. He was booked on charges of Aggravated Burglary, Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone, and Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities. Bond was set at $125,000.00

Police say they want to stress that this situation has been resolved and there is no current known threat to area schools.