District goes on brief lockdown Monday afternoon

The Fairfield Community School District was placed on lockdown for about half an hour Monday afternoon while police searched for a suspect near Pence Elementary School and Fairfield Middle School.

At approximately 1:53 p.m., a male subject ran from police in the 900 block of West Fillmore Avenue. Contact with the subject was lost, and at 2:36 p.m., police requested the district go into a lockdown because the subject was lost near the area of Pence and the middle school.

Parents were notified through emails, texts and robo calls that students would not be released from any building and that parents would not be allowed into any school building until further notice.

At 3:26 p.m., the police found and arrested Nicholas Russel in the 900 block of West Harrison Avenue. Russel had an outstanding warrant for probation violation. Upon learning of his arrest, the district lifted the lockdown.

Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Pat McAvan said the lockdown was called initiated because of where the suspect went missing, and that he was not aware of specific threats to the school.

McAvan said the suspect was not armed. The email the district sent to parents Monday afternoon indicated the suspect was armed.