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Dade Middle placed on Lockdown Thursday following pursuit of Alabama man

Dade County Middle School in Trenton, Georgia was forced to go on lockdown Thursday morning after an armed suspect running from authorities was captured just yards from the school.

Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross says the suspect made their way into the area on Highway 136 from Sand Mountain around 9:15 AM, after pulling a gun on a woman in Alabama and fleeing when police there arrived.

The sheriff’s office has identified the suspect as 22-year-old Justice Michael Reeves of Flat Rock, Alabama.

Deputies from Dade County and Trenton City Police officers joined the pursuit as they entered the county, deploying spike strips and disabling Reeves’ vehicle on Highway 136 near Pace Drive.

That’s when Reeves fled on foot, running toward Dade Middle School. The Sheriff’s Department advised the school, which promptly went into lockdown to assure student and staff safety.

Reeves was captured a short time later near the school and was taken into custody.

He now faces a felony eluding charge in Dade County along with other charges out of Alabama.