FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio – Fayetteville High School and Middle School were locked down Wednesday morning, May 16 after gunshots were reported in the area.
According to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, gunshots were fired in the vicinity of Russell Street in Fayetteville, at around 11:42 a.m.
According to Brown County Dispatch, additional reports were received advising that a man with a pistol was observed around Russell Street.
Sgt. Jamey Sininger with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office responsed and located a man who was identified as the subject spotted with the gun behind a dwelling on Russell Street. Near the spot where the man was found, a 9mm handgun and spent shell casings were recovered.
The subject, Kenneth P. Rummel Jr., was taken into custody. Pending charges against Rummel Jr. include first-degree felony aggravated burglary, third-degree felony theft, third-degree felony discharge of a firearm at a school safety zone, fourth-degree felony possession of a firearm under disability and fourth-degree felony domestic violence.
About 10 minutes after noon, the sheriff’s office was advised that a student at Fayetteville Middle School had sent a text message saying that there was a shooter in the High School and that he was hiding.
Deputies went to the high school, met with school officials and confirmed that the text message was inaccurate.
Once both schools were confirmed clear of any armed threat, deputies cleared the scene.
There were no injuries as a result of the incident, according to Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis.
The Brown County Shertiff’s Office was assisted by the Brown County Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, the Fayetteville Police Department, Mt. Orab Police Department and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.