Madison County

Lockdown of EKU buildings, Model school lifted after man found

Model Laboratory School and other Eastern Kentucky University buildings were put on lockdown Monday morning after a man threatening suicide sat in a vehicle in a university parking lot, an EKU spokesman said.

Richmond police took the man into custody, and the lockdown — during which no one could enter or leave the buildings — was lifted about 9:30 a.m., spokesman Marc Whitt said. The lockdown lasted about 30 minutes. No weapon was found, and no one was hurt, he said.

Whitt said the man, who was an EKU employee, had called Richmond police and threatened suicide. Another EKU employee was in the vehicle with the man in a lot in the 200 block of Brockton, but no one was held hostage, Whitt said.

Campus police spotted the man, and Richmond police took the man into custody for his safety. The man's identity will not be released, Richmond police Maj. Bob Mott said.

Monday was the beginning of summer school for EKU, but Model Lab is still in session, Whitt said. Model is a school for pre-kindergartners through 12th-graders on the EKU campus. The university and Model Laboratory School have resumed normal operations.