On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Jordan Police Department received information that a male armed with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun had left his residence in a vehicle very distraught and was threatening to take his own life.
The adult male was located in his vehicle on Beaumont Boulevard between Aberdeen Avenue and Old Highway 169 at approximately 9:05 a.m. Law enforcement established a perimeter around the vehicle a safe distance away.
Law enforcement attempted several phone calls to the man, which went unanswered. The male surrendered and was taken into custody without incident at approximately 9:42 a.m. A loaded handgun was located inside the vehicle.
The man has been transported to an area hospital and will be seen by mental health professionals.
Officers from the Belle Plaine Police Department and Scott County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted.
Due to close proximity to the scene, Jordan School District buildings were placed on a precautionary soft lockdown. School was currently not in session at the time of the incident as the district announced on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 2 that a two-hour delay would be occurring on Wednesday. However, many students were waiting for bus stops or walking to school while the incident was occurring.
According to a post by Superintendent Matt Helgerson on the district’s Facebook page, students already at bus stops were picked up. All buses dropped students at Jordan Middle School. This included elementary, middle and high school students.
Helgerson said staff kept an eye out for students walking to school and took them inside the nearest school.
After the man was taken into custody, the schools were given the “all clear” and students were returned to their respective buildings.
“Thank you families for staying alert and thanks to the Jordan Police Department for their advisement during this situation,” Helgerson posted.