Man fleeing 'witches and demons' causes school lockdown
MANDEVILLE - A Central Louisiana man passing through St. Tammany Parish caused a Mandeville high school to go on lockdown Friday morning after he called 911 operators to request a police escort because he was being pursued by "witches and demons".
The man, who was traveling on Hwy 1088 near Lakeshore High School at the time, told a 911 operator he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was armed with knives when he was asked if he had any weapons in his possession. After hearing this, the operator immediately contacted the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office which dispatched deputies to set up a secure perimeter around the school. The high school went on lockdown as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of its faculty and students.
Soon after the 911 call was disconnected, deputies determined the man had continued east on I-12 and had crossed the state line into Mississippi. Law enforcement in Mississippi was contacted, and the man has now been placed in a national database for the potentially endangered.
Sheriff Strain of STPSO visited Lakeshore High to meet with the principal to explain the situation. The decision to lift the lockdown around noon was made after the man had fled supernatural forces into Mississippi, according to deputies.
The identity of the fleeing man and further details about his pursuers were not released. No injuries were reported in connection with the lockdown.