By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post
A man involved in a stand-off with authorities on Friday apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The incident, which lasted some four hours and included the lock-down of Lebanon High School, occurred as authorities from several law enforcement agencies conducted a roundup of suspects wanted on various charges to include illegal activities as members of gangs. The roundup began Thursday night and continued on Friday.
The man resided in Inman Court, one of the federal housing projects that were targeted by authorities during the roundup.
Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks said the man had threatened to shoot a Lebanon police officer who was arresting a female adult and a runaway around 1:30 p.m., Friday. The officer, Beth Troupe, reportedly fought with the man as he attempted to remove a gun the pocket of his pants. He then ran inside his apartment where he fired three times at the officer and another officer. Weeks said neither officer returned the gunfire.
The SWAT team was called and removed the door of the man’s residence. A robot was sent inside which revealed that the man had died. His gun was near him. Another individual was inside of the apartment but left through a back door.
LHS was locked down until about 4 p.m. Buses that picked up students from LHS also pick students up from two elementary schools in the area which made those students late getting home. The elementary schools were not locked down, according to reports.
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