We're learning more about the situation that caused a shelter-in-place at Fallon Park Elementary on the first day of school.
According to search warrants obtained by WDBJ7, 56-year-old Dale Lee Thomas was making threats against his family at his home in the 2000 block of Fallon Avenue.
The warrants say Thomas's wife gave police consent to search the family's home.
After searching the house, officers found numerous firearms, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, body armor and tannerite, an explosive material.
Officers say they found a rifle with a barrel 12 inches long. Police say that gun may warrant a charge of possession of a sawed off shotgun.
Thomas turned himself in on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a sawed off
rifle. At last check, he was in the Roanoke City Jail.
A Roanoke man is in custody following an incident that led to an elementary school being placed on “shelter-in-place” status on Monday.
The incident started around 2:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Fallon Avenue when the Roanoke Police Department got a call about a man threatening to hurt family members. Investigators also learned that the man had access to firearms.
An emergency custody order and a warrant for the threats were issued for 56-year-old Dale Thomas. At around 10:30 a.m., Thomas was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for an evaluation.
Due to the home’s proximity to Fallen Park Elementary, the school was placed under a shelter-in-place status. A shelter-in-place means that the school limits who is able to enter the building. Normal activity continued at the school, but students were not allowed to do any outdoor activities, according to a Roanoke City Public Schools spokesperson.
The “shelter-in-place” at a Roanoke City elementary school has been lifted.
The Roanoke Police Department was serving a warrant in the area of 21st Street and Fallon Avenue.
A “shelter-in-place” is in effect at a Roanoke City school on Monday while the Roanoke Police Department attempts to serve a warrant in the neighborhood.
The Roanoke Police Department is serving a search warrant on Fallon Avenue, which is near Fallon Park Elementary School. Therefore, the school enacted a shelter-in-place.
A shelter-in-place means that the school limits who is able to enter the building. Normal activity continues at the school, but students are not allowed to do any outdoor activities, according to a Roanoke City Public Schools spokesperson.
Monday is the first day of school for Roanoke City students.