Lockdown lifted for schools in Danville after threat, man arrested

Published: Nov. 8, 2019 at 11:14 AM EST
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A lockdown has been lifted for all schools in Danville after a threat was made in the community.

Danville Schools' director of school safety tells WKYT there was a domestic situation in the area where a man was making threats against himself and others Friday morning.

Danville police that man is 24-year-old Christian Persico. They say he made threats of suicide by cop. Officers say Persico made a vague threat to do harm to a local school and that he could be armed with a pistol and a knife.

Officers say Persico was found in a Taco Bell on Hustonville Road after an hour of searching. Police say he was aggressive toward officers and caused a disturbance.

Persico was arrested and charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Police say he had three other warrants.

The director says Persico's children go to school in Danville, so officials called for the shelter in place as a precaution.

"All schools have had the shelter in place status lifted. We will continue our school day as normal. Our school and district staff jumped into immediate action and as always did a great job in protecting our students," said Superintendent Tammy McDonald.

Investigators say Persico never stepped onto school property.

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