Pass Christian High went on ‘soft lockdown’ while police searched for suspect nearby

Pass Christian High School was on a “soft lockdown” Monday morning while police sought and arrested a man in the nearby area, Police Chief Tim Hendricks said.

A driver had called police dispatch to report a domestic dispute in a vehicle on U.S. 90 and Henderson Avenue, Hendricks said. By the time police reached the area, the woman had gotten out of the vehicle and left in another vehicle.

Police believed the man was still in the vehicle and traveling near the school, Hendricks said. Officers saw a man running, and stopped him between Clarence and Lac Bleu avenues near the school.

The 24-year-old man was wanted on two counts of contempt of court for failing to appear on misdemeanor charges in Gulfport Municipal Court.

Police typically notify schools if there is a public safety concern within a few-block radius, Henderson said.

There’s two types of lockdowns, he said. A full lockdown prohibits anyone from entering or leaving the school and students are to stay in place until further notice. A soft lockdown allows students to change classes and people to come and go, but it provides a heightened sense of awareness in case the situation changes, Hendricks said.

The situation lasted about 15 to 20 minutes, he said.

It’s unclear if the man arrested was the man reportedly involved in a dispute.

“We think it’s the same man, but he wasn’t willing to talk to us,” Hendricks said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews