Smithton, Ill. school placed on lockdown

SMITHTON, Ill. – An Illinois school was placed on lockdown Thursday morning.

Around 10 a.m. the Smithton Police Department told St. John the Baptist School to go on lockdown.

The Smithton police chief says he received a call just after 9:30 a.m. about a man, believed to be under the influence of heroin, fleeing from a caregiver.

The chief says the caregiver was driving the man to a medical appointment when they got into a disagreement. The man jumped out of the car at Route 159 and Douglas Road and started running toward Smithton.

Police placed St. John the Baptist on lockdown as a precaution. The man was taken into custody while walking through town a short time later.

The lockdown was lifted at 10:23 a.m.


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