Standoff with armed man over; Midwest City schools off of lock down
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (KOKH) —
A daycare, several businesses and several Mid-Del Public Schools were on lock down Wednesday after a standoff following an attempted armed robbery.
"There was a short foot chase where they ran into next door to the daycare center here and he went into the fence area, which was actually a miniature playground," said Midwest City Police, Maj. Bob Cornelison.
The Midwest City Police Department reports that just after 8:15 a.m. April 19 a masked man with a weapon walked into a cash advance business. The man then fled the business and is threatening suicide outside a daycare.
"Once we had everyone accounted for, we actually used a couple of our tact officers, our swat team officers and they used the van to go load them up over in the van," said Cornelison. "Then bring them over here to the north part of the property where we released them to the parents."
Several businesses in the area were evacuated while police assessed the situation. Mid-Del Public Schools locked down the following schools as a precaution: Country Estates Elementary, Midwest City High School, Mid-Del Technology Center, and the Mid-Del Schools Administration Building.
By 10:30 a.m., the suspect, 21-year-old Markez Thompson, was in custody and all schools and businesses were back open.
"Even though the officer that was communicating with him was aware that this was possibly a burglary, his main priority at the moment was just bringing this to a peaceful end," Cornelison said.