Schools locked down after man seen with shotgun, chief said

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said no crime occurred in an incident that led to police cordoning off an area at 31st Street and Emerson Avenue and multiple schools being placed on lockdown on Wednesday.

Police responded to a report of a man with a gun at 1106 31st St called in by a teacher at North Christian School who witnessed a man holding a shotgun arguing with someone at the house, across the street from the school, Martin said.

An employee of Dominion Hope had come to the residence to shut off natural gas service due to non-payment. A man who owns the house met him on the porch, carrying a shotgun.

However, Martin said the man did not point the weapon at the gas company employee and did not break any laws. But “he definitely skirted the requirements of the statute” for brandishing, the chief said.

Read the complete story in Thursday’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel.