By Mckenzie Williams
On Tuesday, May 21 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office alerted the Troy Public Schools and Residents of a “Code Red” lockdown.
The authorities were searching for a male, 20 to 30 years old, with facial hair, and wearing a plaid shirt with blue jeans. The subject was about 6 foot tall, and was possibly armed and dangerous.
The Sheriffs Office advised residence to call 911 with any tips, to lock their doors, and to stay in their homes.
Due to the man being searched for by authorities, the Troy High School and W.F. Morrison Elementary School were placed on a lock down. All bus routes for Troy Public Schools were cancelled, and so were all afterschool activities. Parents and guardians had to pick up their children and escort them home, including the High School students.
The suspect stole a vehicle from the Bonner County area in Idaho; a silver Ford F150 pick-up truck with Montana license plates that the suspect later changed to Idaho plates.
He then made his way to Troy where a high speed chase with local authorities ensued.
The driver lost the authorities in Troy, drove through a resident’s fence, and continued on foot in the Swamp Creek Road area.
The subject was later captured without incident in the Swamp Creek area, and is now in custody in Lincoln County.
At the next evening’s Troy City Council meeting, a report by Mayor Dallas Carr and the Council stated, “Last week was National Police Week. In light of the instances that have happened in the last 24 hours, I want to share with you how proud I am of our officers, both full time and reserve. We had a very busy day, and they handled it amazingly. These officers have always had the community as their first priority, and continue to serve it with pride.”