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UPDATE: Police ID man arrested at Phineas Davis Elementary School

Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 11:26 PM CST
(UPDATE: February 28, 9:29 a.m.)

Reported by: Kyle Rogers

YORK -- Class will continue as usual Friday morning at Phineas Davis Elementary School after a police incident placed the school on lockdown and led to one man being taken into custody.

Students and staff were all safe after a man entered the lobby of the school and caused significant damage in the area, according to police.

Police have identified the man as Eric Schelmety, 31, of York.

Around 4:15 Thursday afternoon, calls to 911 indicated shots fired inside the school along Ogantz Street. Upon investigating, police did not find any evidence of a gun. 

"We believe that people over the 911 phone system and teachers and staff who were there may have believed they have shots fired," said Chief Wes Kahley of York City Police. 

Sixty students were inside the school at the time for after-school tutoring, according to Eric Holmes, superintendent of York City Schools. 

After office staff called 911, students and teachers went into lockdown mode.

Police swept the area for safety reasons and the students were evacuated by Rabbit Transportation buses to Goode Elementary School where they were picked up by their parents. 

Police say Schelmety is the father of a student at the school. Witnesses tell CBS 21 that Schelmety appeared angry. 

"You could tell he was frustrated, trying to throw into the school itself," said Kahley.

Schelmety did not make it past the school's lobby because of the building's security system. While the lobby is accessible to the public, further entry to the school where students and staff are located is locked. 

"Once you enter the building through the outer doors, you cannot enter the school part of the building because that is locked, except for the foyer," said Holmes. "That is where the incident took place."

York City Police also reportedly responded to a call at the school Wednesday involving Schelmety.

"We're looking forward to having a bright day tomorrow and looking forward to putting this behind us as soon as possible," said Holmes.

Extra security will be added to schools city-wide on Friday. Holmes added he will continue to review the security and emergency plans with police but believed the protocol was followed best on Thursday.

For Thursday's incident, Schelmety faces several charges, including terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation, institutional vandalism, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering. UPDATE: Police ID man arrested at Phineas Davis Elementary School


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