, 2015

Man with gun apprehended
on School Street. Scene declared
safe, school was never at risk

An E911 call at about 11:35 a.m. January 16 prompted deputies and Kilmarnock police to respond to a man with a gun call on School Street, reported Capt. Martin Shirilla, chief deputy of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department.

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The initial report was that a man and a woman were in an argument in front of the Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department and that the man had a gun, said Shirilla.

Lancaster Middle School authorities were immediately notified and the school was placed on lockdown, he said.

Within minutes, deputies arrived to find Keonta J. Smith, 21, of the 300 block of Lumberlost Trail, Weems, at the gate entrance in front of the school. Deputies reported seeing Smith with a holstered pistol in plain view, immediately took control of both Smith and the firearm without incident, and declared the scene safe, said Shirilla.

The school authorities were advised of this so the lockdown could be lifted, he said. Deputies advised that at no time was there any attempt to enter the school building.

Smith was charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property, and was ordered held without bond pending arraignment on January 21, said Shirilla. The pistol was seized as evidence and secured at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office.

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