Wreck, chase put Oxford schools on lockdown

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – A suspect who allegedly stole a truck and wrecked it near the Oxford High School campus ran through a classroom in an apparent effort to elude police Wednesday afternoon, triggering a lockdown that lasted more than two hours.
“We put the high school and Bramlett Elementary in lockdown immediately; we eventually added the other schools close by these,” said Assistant Superintendent Brian Harvey. Because dismissal time was nearing and buses could not go from one school to another, even Oxford Middle School, on the other side of downtown, was locked down for a few minutes.
“The (two) suspects fled on foot after wrecking the truck,” said Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin in a press release. “The pursuing officer was able to take one of the suspects into custody.”
A police spokesman said late Wednesday night that a second person was being interrogated and was likely the suspect who had run through the classroom.
“It was confirmed that the truck was stolen out of Memphis,” Martin said. “The truck also contains stolen property from at least one burglary in Oxford [Wednesday].”
Kaylee Saunders, an OHS senior, was in calculus class when the lockdown was enforced about 12:45 p.m.
“We didn’t really know anything until it was all over,” she said. “We’d had lockdown drills before, but we knew this was real, because they’d never done a drill during lunch. It was scary after we found out.”
The suspect who was arrested will be identified after being formally charged. Martin said the case remains under investigation.