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Nearby armed robbery causes Mansfield school lockdown

Published: Jan. 19, 2016 at 3:22 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2016 at 3:25 PM CST
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MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) - Mansfield Elementary and Middle School was on lockdown for most of Tuesday as police searched for an armed gunman. But Police Chief Gary Hobbs emphasized that the lockdown was only on the perimeter of the school and there was no threat to the students and staff.

The lockdown was lifted when classes were dismissed around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday and Chief Hobbs said officers remained on the campus as students were leaving school.

Mansfield police say a man with a gun held up a Verizon Wireless store off of State Highway 509 around 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The man fled from the store which is located across the highway from the school.

According to Chief Hobbs, the suspected armed robber is described as a black male who is about 6 ft. tall, medium-heavy build and was wearing all black clothing.

Police don't believe the man was headed toward the school, but placed the school on lockdown as a precaution.

K9 officers were also used to help with the search.

It is unclear if the man got away with any money.

The crime remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime or the person believed to be responsible is urged to call Mansfield police at (318) 872-0520.

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