On Tuesday, April 30, at approximately 11 a.m., the Mansfield Police Department was called to the middle school in reference to a person having a gun.
After speaking with witnesses, authorities made an arrest of 17 year old male. He was reportedly walking on Highway 71 and stopped, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at several students.
According to Mansfield Police Chief Wayne Robb, the teacher who was over seeing the students on the middle school football field was able to clear the area and the school was placed on lockdown.
“Myself along with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas Highway Police secured the area. We were able to get information on the location of the suspect and make an arrest,” stated Chief Robb.
The gun turned out to be a black BB handgun with a defaced red tip. The suspect was transported to the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center where he is being held pending formal charges. No students or teachers were injured in the incident.