Georgia police arrest teacher over gun fire in school

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According to police spokesman Bruce Frazier, Davidson was eventually taken into custody after a 45-minute standoff with officers.

Police in Dalton, Georgia, responded to a report this afternoon of shots fired at Dalton High School.

They came after Dalton Police said Davidson barricaded himself in his classroom room 413 and fired off a single round from a gun he brought to school. "Also serves as play by play voice of the Dalton football team", Dalton police wrote on Twitter.

Wednesday's incident wasn't his first unusual interaction with law enforcement in Dalton, a city of nearly 35,000 residents about 80 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Police confirmed that the teacher was Jesse Randal Davidson, 53. Davidson reportedly declined to explain his motives to local authorities.

Police have arrested an armed teacher who barricaded himself in a classroom and fired his gun, forcing the evacuation of a high school in the U.S. state of Georgia.

"He said, 'Don't come in here". He told his wife about it.

A junior at the high school, Wesley Caceres, 16, said in a phone interview that he heard about the "code red" lockdown over the intercom.

School spokesperson Pat Holloway said the superintendent was aware of all of that but she could not comment on what sort of help Davidson might have received.

That was when Davidson approached police. But investigators could not find any evidence this woman existed.

The shooting happened about 11.30am during Davidson's planning period.

Deputies in Dade County, where social studies teacher Jesse Randal Davidson lives, took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation and seized the rifles for safe-keeping after he torched the Mitsubishi Outlander on August 13, 2016.

"It appears the subject may be delusional or have something else that had occurred that is causing to have these thoughts", read the report. He was then transported to the hospital. They had lived in Chattanooga, about 30 miles northwest of Dalton. They'd filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in late 2015. On Jan. 25, 2017, Davidson apparently told co-workers that he wasn't feeling well and was going home. Students alerted the principal after they couldn't get in. However, he wasn't there when officers arrived.

Police say the note was found February 21, and mentioned a threat against the school the following day. In a press conference, officials said that Davidson surrendered after the School Resource officer talked him out of his classroom. He was again taken to a hospital.

Dalton Police released two reports Wednesday night after Davidson reportedly barricaded himself in a room at Dalton High School and fired a gun.

Bartoo said he tried to go inside the classroom but Davidson slammed the door in his face and told him to "go away". He will make a first appearance Thursday at 2 p.m.

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