School Districts Close Due To Yesterday's Mansfield Manhunt

  • 9/17/2018 8:37:51 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - Due to Sunday evening manhunt for Shawn R. Christy, multiple school districts have closed school for the day for safety reasons. 

Madison Adult Education, Madison Local Schools, St Marys School, and Lucas Local School District have all closed due to safety reasons. Madison Early Childhood Learning Center has also closed down for safety. 

The schools cited the manhunt as the primary reason for closing down their buildings. 

Schools in Bellville have initiated a soft lockdown, where no one is permitted to enter the building as the school day goes on. 

Multiple law enforcement agencies are expected to continue their search for Shawn R. Christy on Monday. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ontario Police Department are currently looking for an individual after a manhunt that lasted several hours. 

According to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, authorities responded to a one-vehicle crash on I-71 near mile marker 171 in the northbound lane. The driver fled the scene, leaving behind a white 2002 GMC utility truck. The truck had Pennsylvania license plates and was confirmed to be stolen from Skitco Iron Works in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

The suspect in question, Shawn Richard Christy, is 26 years old. He is described as a white male with short brown hair and green eyes. Christy is 5'10" and weighs roughly 165 pounds. He has a tattoo on his upper right arm of a cross with barbed wire.

At this time, law enforcement knows of no discernible personal connection to the area. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with the Police Departments of Bellville, Mansfield, Ontario, the Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, the Violent Fugitive Task Force, and METRICH units all participated in the search. Multiple helicopters, a fixed-wing airplane, and multiple drone units were used during the manhunt to help cover the search area.

Christy is wanted by the FBI for allegedly threatening to harm or kill a police chief, a district attorney, and the President of the United States. Christy made the threats via several Facebook status updates between June 3rd and June 12th. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the United States District Court on June 19th, with specific charges related to Interstate Communication of Threats, and Threats Against the President of the United States.

Christy may be in possession of several stolen handguns and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Christy's whereabouts is advised to call police or the FBI. Christy has made numerous threats that if confronted, he will resort to violence. Residents are advised to seek shelter, secure all vehicles and building entrances, and ensure that no keys are left in vehicles. Christy has a history of stealing vehicles and burglarizing residences. If seen, call 911 immediately.

Christy has been at large since approximately 4:41 PM on Sunday.

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