Hancock County schools were placed on Shelter Down status as area police departments searched for an armed and considered very dangerous suspect after a morning shooting in Luverne. According to unconfirmed published reports, an armed suspect shot the victim in Luverne around 9 am, then escaped. The victim later died at the scene. Police advised area government agencies and schools to be aware of the situation prompting county school districts to go into a Shelter Down status. West Hancock Principal Doug Peterson explained.
Peterson stresses that all children are safe and that access to the school buildings is not available from the outside.
Police and law enforcement agencies were able to apprehend the suspect and he is currently in custody pending the formal filing of charges and arraignment.