Shot fired toward police disrupts Glendale HS; man surrenders

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - Glendale High School dismissed some students early on Thursday afternoon because police surrounded a home across the street. A man fired a shot after police responded to a report of a burglary and domestic dispute. That man surrendered just before 3 p.m. after a standoff of about two hours.

Springfield police surround a home at 3407 E. Covington St. where a man fired a shot at them on Dec. 15, 2016. (Tim Leimkuhler)

Police blocked part of Ingram Mill Road near Glendale High School because of the standoff. The school alerted students that their normal way of leaving or entering the school might be blocked. Ingram Mill reopened to normal traffic at 3:15.

The school normally dismisses shortly before 3 p.m. On Thursday, seniors who drive were dismissed about 2 p.m. Juniors who drive were dismissed once the seniors were out of the parking lot. The district asked parents not to pick up students until after 2:30. Students who ride buses left school at the normal dismissal time.

In mid-afternoon, all after-school events and activities at Glendale on Thursday were canceled, including the orchestra concert and athletic practices. At least part of that decision was changed later, because the orchestra concert was held. The girls basketball team's game in Buffalo went on as scheduled..

Police received a call about a burglary at a home at 3407 E. Covington St. at 12:54 p.m. A man got into the home, causing a domestic fight with a woman who lives there. When officers arrived, the woman left safely and said no one else was inside beside the man.

Police negotiators worked to get the man to exit the home. After a shot came out a front window, officers summoned the Springfield Police Department's Special Response Team. Police said later that they don't know if the man intentionally fired a shot at officers or if an accidental shot merely came out of the window in their direction.

The school district spokeswoman initially said Glendale was not in lockdown mode. However, a mother of two students says her sons say the term "lockdown" was relayed to them, and classes did not change as normal, and then some classes were dismissed early.

Nearby Wilder Elementary School dismisses at 3:35, so its dismissal proceeded as normal.


Springfield police surround a home at 3407 E. Covington St. after a man fired a shot at them on Dec. 15, 2016. (Tim Leimkuhler)