False shooting claim causes Meigs HS to go into lockdown

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False shooting claim causes Meigs HS to go into lockdown

POMEROY, Ohio – Law enforcement was looking into a reported shooting on Pomeroy Pike, but it turned out to be untrue and could lead to charges concerning the false report. As a precaution, however, Meigs High School and Meigs Middle School went into lockdown for about an hour.

According to Sgt. Rick Patterson with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, a call came in concerning someone supposedly being shot. An individual allegedly went to a neighbor’s house on Pomeroy Pike saying that his uncle had been shot and was “laying in the woods.” Before the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, the individual was picked up by someone else and left. Deputies spoke with the alleged victim and ascertained that he had not been shot and was fine. The alleged victim reportedly informed law enforcement that the nephew had a history of drug issues.

Deputies want to talk to the person that claimed a shooting had happened before releasing the name at this time as the investigation is ongoing. Sgt. Patterson said that they would also be consulting with Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney James Stanley on possible charges concerning the incident.

As per protocol, Meigs High School and Meigs Middle School went to lockdown as a precautionary measure. Meigs EMS was also on stand by had they been needed.