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Noble Elementary placed on lockdown, area residences evacuated due to false report of gunman Staff




Tiffin, Ohio — Noble Elementary School was placed on a temporary lockdown and surrounding residences were evacuated Wednesday morning due to a report of a gunman in the area.

The Tiffin Police Department was contacted at 8:40 a.m. by a resident of 92 E. Davis St. who advised there was a subject inside the residence with a gun.

The resident reported that he did not know how the intruder got inside, according to TPD.

Tiffin Police responded to the residence, and with the assistance of the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, surrounded the residence and began evacuating nearby residences.

Tiffin Police Special Response Team (SRT) was requested to assist, and Tiffin Fire/Rescue staged an ambulance near the scene.

Noble Elementary was placed on a temporary lockdown while the investigation took place, TPD said.

Officers were able to make contact with a male and female inside the home, and upon their exit they were detained pending the investigation.

The male was identified as the original caller, and he insisted there was still an armed subject inside the residence without the female’s knowledge.

Permission was granted for police to enter the home, and Tiffin SRT conducted the search. It was then determined that there was no other person in the residence, according to TPD.

Once it was determined there was no gunman inside the home, the residence was turned back over to the female. The male resident remained in police custody and was taken for a mental health evaluation.

Tiffin City Schools was contacted and made aware the area was safe, and the elementary school could be taken off of lockdown.

The Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office was consulted regarding possible charges on the male resident. It was determined that no charges would be filed at this time, and the matter is being treated as a mental health crisis.

As there was no criminal offense committed, the names of the residents are being withheld.