Sedalia police arrested a man Thursday afternoon on the Katy Trail after responding to reports of an armed man pointing a gun at passing cars.
Around 3 p.m., police descended on the neighborhood north of Smith-Cotton Junior High School after someone reported that a man was on the Katy Trail pointing a gun at passing cars on West Broadway Boulevard. Officers observed a man running and pursued him north on the Katy Trail from West Broadway and apprehended Christopher Ray Bennett, 24, of Sedalia, behind a residence in the 700 block of North Lafayette Avenue.
Police at the scene said the man was spotted was carrying a BB gun that he was trying to disassemble and toss along the trail. After searching of the suspect, police found an illegal weapon. The man was charged with armed criminal action, possession of an unlawful weapon, and resisting arrest.
Due to police activity, Smith-Cotton Junior High School was placed on lockdown.
Sedalia School District 200 Communications Director Bob Satnan released the following statement:
“There was Sedalia Police activity near Smith-Cotton Junior High at dismissal time today, and some students who walk home or ride in cars were locked down in the school briefly. Police have a suspect in custody. No students or staff were in danger, measures taken were a precaution. The junior high was the only school building affected.”
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