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Suicidal man reportedly with gun in neighborhood forces lockdown at Dover schools

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DOVER, PA – Reports of a suicide man possibly armed with a gun forced lockdowns at two Dover area schools, the Northern York County Police Department reported.

According to the department, dispatch received a call about a suicidal subject in Dover Township on Thursday at around 12:44 pm.

In addition, the subject was identified as being possibly armed with a firearm and had fled from his home.

As a result of the proximity of the call to Dover Area High School and Dover Area Middle School, all buildings in the Dover Area School District were placed on lockdown.


Police said, no one was allowed to enter or exit the buildings at any time during the lockdown.

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In order to protect students and staff, this precautionary measure was taken out of an abundance of caution. During the lockout, School Resource Officers from the Northern York County Regional Police Department assisted school personnel with lockout procedures in the Middle School and High School buildings. It was determined that the subject had been located at 1323 hours, and the lockout was lifted.

Police did not elaborate on the condition of the male suspect or whether not any charges were filed.