Abilene Police Officers Responded To An Armed Subject Call At Jane Long Elementary School (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Thursday, May 29, 2014, 15:21 (1725 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – Abilene Police Department (APD) officers responded to Jane Long Elementary School, 3600 block of Sherry Lane, this morning (May 29, 2014) after receiving a 9-1-1 call at 8:01 a.m. about an armed subject. The calling party informed the call-taker that a male subject had possibly placed a gun in his waistband and walked into the school. A description of the subject was provided and the caller stated that the subject had entered the main entrance to the school before the phone disconnected. No communicated threat was known at the time.

The school was alerted to the situation and officers from multiple divisions within APD began responding to the school. An initial team of officers made entry into the school where officers learned that the subject had gone into the school looking for his child. Officers contacted the principal and confirmed the school was on lock-down status. Teams of officers began clearing the school buildings as they looked for the subject. While this was occurring, officers established a perimeter around the school. Vehicles parked at the school, as well as playgrounds, were also checked while other teams continued their security sweeps inside school buildings.

At about 8:45 a.m., officers had obtained the name and photograph of the probable subject, Elkins L. Davis (DOB: 12/24/76), and that information was disseminated to responding officers. Officers at the command post learned that Davis’ spouse had received a threatening text message, allegedly from Davis, that mentioned the killing of persons. The preliminary investigation also revealed that Davis’ child was not present at the school. The security sweeps confirmed Davis was not located on the campus. More information revealed that Davis had been at the school this morning and attempted to sign his child out, but was unable to. He reportedly left the school office highly agitated. No persons were injured at the campus.

The investigation led officers to a residence in the 200 block of Arnold Boulevard and at about 9:24 a.m., Davis was contacted and placed into custody after a brief foot chase. He was taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. A large group of parents, who had previously assembled outside the security perimeter of the school, were granted access and assisted by school officials and officers with reunifying them and their children.

The investigation revealed that Davis never displayed any weapon towards anyone and that no firearm had been displayed at the school campus. Additionally, no other threats were communicated other than the one communicated to his spouse today. A realistic looking handgun, a BB gun, was located at the residence during the arrest. Davis was arrested for misdemeanor Terroristic Threat (Family Violence) and misdemeanor Evading Detention and taken before a magistrate. This is an ongoing investigation. Davis’ bonds were set at $60,000. This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for their consideration of charges.

APD takes this opportunity to remind our community that we take the safety of children in our community seriously and that responses to such perceived threats will be investigated immediately. Chief of Police Stan Standridge also wants to thank the many involved parents for their incredible patience as the situation unfolded. Parents were very supportive of Abilene Independent School District and APD.

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