Brick schools lockdown: Homeowner removed by police
BRICK - Two schools were sheltered in place Friday morning as police dealt with a homeowner with a gun near Sprucewood Drive and Chambers Bridge Road, police said.At 8:59 a.m. police went to a Sprucewood Drive home to investigate a report of an armed person, police Capt. Keith Reinhard wrote in a prepared statement. A home health aide had gone there to meet the homeowner and found him armed."At that time, no threats were made toward the home health aide or anyone else," Reinhard said.The home health aide left and called police, Reinhard said. When officers arrived they established a perimeter "and as a precaution." Brick Township High School and Warren H. Wolf Elementary School were sheltered in place, he said.At 10:45 a.m. police took the homeowner into protective custody and sent him to Ocean Medical Center for evaluation, Reinhard said.
Brick police surround a Sprucewood Drive after a home health aide finds the homeowner with a weapon. Thomas P. Costello and Kala Kachmar, Asbury Park Press
Emergency workers could be seen carrying someone from the home on a stretcher. Medics put the person into an ambulance."There were no other occupants inside the residence, and no one was injured," Reinhard said. "Police removed at least one loaded weapon from the residence. No charges are being filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing."Police did not immediately announce what was going on but posted on Facebook asking residents to stay clear of the area. School officials specified that the two schools were sheltering in place.A school security officer from Wolf told a crowd of parents gathered in the school parking lot during the incident that there was a "situation" at a home on Sprucewood but indicated police had the situation well in hand."He's surrounded right now and he's not going anywhere," the officer, William Ruocco, told parents. "The guy is not getting out of the house without police taking him out."Shortly before 11 a.m. parents began picking up their children at the elementary school.Also shortly before 11 a.m. Susan McNamara, the district's director of planning, research and evaluation, tweeted that the shelter-in-place had been lifted and that the police activity "has been resolved."Juan Arcos, 28, who lives nearby and whose son is in first grade at Wolf, said he spotted the police cars and as he was walking by."I was scared because I wasn't sure what was going on," he said.Alex N. Gecan: @GeeksterTweets; 732-643-4043; firstname.lastname@example.orgKala Kachmar: @NewsQuip; 732-643-4061; email@example.com
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