Domestic disturbance led to Clinton schools' lockdown

CLINTON — Clinton police say it was a domestic incident that led to three Clinton schools being placed on lockdown Thursday morning.

A Clinton Police Department press release states that police were called at 10:27 a.m. to 920 Lawndale Drive in reference to a subject causing a disturbance. Officers on scene found an injured subject, and reported that it was not immediately apparent what caused the injury.

While it was later determined that the victim had sustained a minor knife wound, the initial report was that a person had been shot. Police at that time decided to have three schools put on lockdown to keep the community safe.

Clinton School District Superintendent Gary DeLacy said Thursday that the school district was notified mid-morning by police that there was a domestic disturbance in an area close to Clinton High School, Bluff Elementary School and Clinton Community College.

Clinton Police Chief Kevin Gyrion said Thursday that those three buildings were locked down because of their close proximity to the reported incident. The area was cleared and the lockdowns lifted by early Thursday afternoon after police deemed there was no threat to the public, Gyrion said.

According to police, the victim in the domestic case was treated at MercyOne in Clinton and released. Officers found no evidence of a gunshot. Police said the offender in that case is a juvenile and the incident is under investigation.

DeLacy stressed the importance of the district having a school resource officer on site and said the Clinton Police Department has given best-practice advice to the Clinton School District. DeLacy also said the district prepares for a lock-down situation through the Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate (ALICE) training.