RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind. – A suspect is dead after an “active law enforcement situation” prompted precautions at Randolph Eastern schools Monday morning.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department had asked people to avoid the area near Deerfield Road and Stateline.
“Avoid the area, shelter in place if you live in the neighborhood,” the department wrote on Facebook.
Just before 7 a.m., officers were called to the 100 block of Pleasant Drive on a report of a suspicious person. Police say when they arrived, the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Michael R. Evans of Union City, Ohio, immediately opened fire on them. Officers returned fire.
A SWAT team arrived to backup the officers and nearby residents were evacuated.
The SWAT team saw that Evans was dead. It was initially unclear if he shot himself or was hit by one of the officers, but preliminary autopsy results showed he died from a self-inflicted wound, police said. There was no indication of other gunshot wounds or trauma.
The sheriff’s department later lifted the shelter-in-place order.
Officials with Randolph Eastern School Corporation took precautions as a result of the police activity but stressed that the situation didn’t directly involve the school.
“There is a large police presence in Union City currently dealing with an issue in town,” the district wrote on Facebook. “The issue does not include the school and we are taking the precautions necessary ensure that it does not. We will not be allowing any guests or parents in our buildings until further notice.”
Later, the district said the “situation in town has been resolved” and that schools “will go back to operating as normal.”
“Parents, we remind you again that your students are safe at school and we ask that you not make arrangements to pick them up at this time,” the school wrote on Facebook. “Keeping our school a safe learning environment for your students is our number one priority.”