Mt. Juliet schools locked down

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

School officials locked down three Mt. Juliet schools Wednesday as police searched for a shoplifting suspect.

At about 1:30 p.m., Mt. Juliet police responded to Lowes in Mt. Juliet for a reported shoplifting in progress.

As police arrived on the scene, a suspect fled on foot.

The incident happened near three schools, and they were placed on lockdown as a safety precaution. Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, West Wilson Middle School and Stoner Creek Elementary were all placed on lockdown while police searched for the suspect in an area near the schools.

Police searched the area for over an hour.

Officers gained information that confirmed the suspect was no longer near the schools, so officials lifted the lockdown at about 2:40 p.m.

The suspect was identified through investigation, and more details will be released as it becomes available.

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