Precautionary school lockdown in Monett, 2 arrested

MONETT, Mo. – Authorities put Monett schools on lockdown yesterday as a precaution while they searched for a suspect.

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020 around 3:55 p.m., a Monett Police Officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle turned into an alley near 9th and Park Street. The officer took the driver into custody, but the passenger fled.

Several officers helped search the area, which was near several schools.

The school’s Resource Officers worked with the school district to lockdown Central Park Elementary, Monett Intermediate School, Monett Middle School and the football stadium for 14 minutes. Each location had students present. The Police Department says the lockdown was a precaution “as there was no direct threat to any school, students or staff.”

Residents helped lead to the arrest of the suspect near 4th and Birch, according to the Police Department.

Officers found drugs, paraphernalia and a stolen handgun during the investigation. They confirmed that the handgun was stolen from Joplin.

Police say the suspects are a 51-year-old and 43-year-old, both of Purdy, Missouri. They are being held at the Monett City Jail pending the filing of formal charges by the Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney.