Sneads High School was locked down briefly Tuesday on reports that a man in camouflage clothing had been seen near the school with a firearm. Michael Bernard Bailey, 19, of Perry, was subsequently arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and the unlawful open carry of a firearm.
Sneads Police Chief Burt McAlpin reported that someone called the police department around 12:38 p.m. Tuesday and said they’d seen a man in the area with an AR-15-style assault rifle. The school was placed on lockdown and McAlpin went looking for the man.
He went to a residence just west of the Sneads High School property and made contact with a man who was dressed in camouflage coveralls. Identifying the individual as Bailey, McAlpin asked if he’d been walking in the area with a rifle. McAlpin reports that Bailey said he had an AR-15 that belonged to a friend and that he had hidden in a bus owned by farm workers associated with the area.
McAlpin cuffed Bailey and searched the bus. McAlpin reports that he found a DTI AR-15 assault rifle on the passenger side of the bus, in the third seat from the front. He seized that, and took Bailey first to the gym of SHS and told school officials there that all was safe and that Bailey had been captured.
McAlpin then took Bailey to the police department and on further investigation learned that he was a convicted felon in connection with prior crimes in Taylor County.
Bailey was then taken to the Jackson County jail and booked on the charges listed above. McAlpin said Bailey never came onto school grounds and that no students or faculty members were injured in the incident.