Athens police chief says manhunt ‘not an active shooter situation’

Athens police chief says manhunt ‘not an active shooter situation’

ATHENS, Texas (KLTV) – Trinity Valley Community College in Athens has been placed on lockdown as law enforcement conducts a manhunt according to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.

According to a post on the Athens Police Department Facebook page, the manhunt started earlier today when Henderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to West College Street in Athens to retrieve a stolen vehicle. When they got to the scene, they were confronted by an armed suspect who ran from law enforcement.

As a result of the incident, an erroneous rumor that said there was an active shooter in the city started, the Facebook post stated.

“This is an armed suspect incident that is ongoing but not an active shooter situation,” said Athens Police Chief John Densmore.

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