Lonedell School was placed on lockdown status for a couple of hours Friday morning as a precautionary measure after two Jefferson County deputies were shot during a confrontation in Cedar Hill during the overnight hours and the suspect remained on the run.
The lockdown was lifted, however, at about 9 a.m. after school officials were told that the man was killed in Jefferson County by law enforcement.
Lonedell Principal Sue Emmons issued a phone blast to Lonedell parents and staff at about 6 a.m. Friday announcing the lockdown. She emphasized it was precautionary but deemed necessary since the suspect in the shooting had not been apprehended at that time.
Friday was Grandparents Day at the school.
Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver “Glenn” Boyer said that the manhunt for Shawn Nims, 40, ended at 8:20 a.m. Friday when the suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement.
The sheriff said while a search was being conducted of a residence in the 7300 block of Cedar Drive in Cedar Hill, “Nims exited the residence by way of a front window armed with a military-type rifle.”
“A law enforcement officer fired at Nims, striking Nims, who is deceased at the scene,” Boyer said. “No law enforcement officers were injured.”
According to earlier reports from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, authorities were looking for Nims, who they believe wounded two deputies and then fled shortly after 2 a.m. when he was confronted in a home in the 7400 block of Twin Ridge Road in the Cedar Hill area.
Cedar Hill is located on Highway 30 about 12 miles east of Lonedell.
Both deputies were listed in stable condition on Friday morning and are expected to make a full recovery.
“Franklin County contacted us this morning,” Lonedell R-XIV School District Superintendent Jen Ulrich told The Missourian early Friday. “They said they are assisting with this manhunt. They told us what was going on and said going on lockdown was optional. So as a precaution, we decided to go ahead with it.”
Ulrich said some of the concern centered on students waiting outside near their homes for the bus on Friday morning with the man remaining on the run and his whereabouts unknown.
“We wanted to alert parents of the situation,” Ulrich said.
The superintendent also said the lockdown was exterior only, meaning all outside doors were locked as usual but children were not allowed outside at any time. Ulrich also said deputies were providing extra patrol in the area and specifically around the school.
A call to Lonedell School confirmed the lockdown had been lifted at about 9 a.m. after news of the suspect’s death were confirmed.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stated that deputies responded to a 911 hangup call at about 11 p.m. Thursday at the Twin Ridge Road residence. When they arrived, residents said the call was a mistake.
However, according to published reports, as the deputies prepared to resume their patrol, they told investigators that the residents seemed to be acting suspiciously. The deputies checked on Sims and found an active felony warrant on him.
Law enforcement returned to the home at about 2 a.m. According to the sheriff’s office, at about 2:10 a.m. deputies reported shots were fired and that both had been struck.
The deputies returned fire, but it was unknown at the time whether the suspect was shot.
The suspect fled on foot.
Deputy Nina Osia, 22, was shot in the left leg. Deputy Michael Toombs, 43, was shot in the left arm. Both were transported to an area hospital.
An investigation into the incident is continuing.