By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal
COMMERCE — UPDATE: 1:30
CPD Chief Kerry Crews stated that they don't believe the suspect is in the area anymore, and that he might have left in a vehicle after seeing the hospital security guard step outside the building. CPD has thoroughly searched the area, including unoccupied buildings, and still has an officer on patrol. CPD has called up their D-shift early so that they can maintain police presence in the area.
Three CISD campuses (Commerce Middle School, Commerce High School and A.C. Williams) are no longer under modified lockdown, according to CISD Director of Personnel and Communications Ludonna Smithers. Commerce Elementary is still under modified lockdown. The decision to lift the lockdowns was made on the advice of CISD SRO Joe Venable, who is working in conjunction with the CPD.
Lt. Jason Bone of the University Police Department says that Texas A&M University-Commerce is currently not on lockdown, as the suspect was reported a significant distance away from the university.
The Commerce Police Department released a suspect description: "On October. 4, at 11:11 a.m. The Commerce Police Department received a call from the Hunt Regional Hospital about a man with a pistol. The suspect is described as a white male, believed to be in his 20's with dark hair and was wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans. The hospital and all school are on lockdown until the suspect is apprehended. At this time the Commerce Police and University Police are searching for the suspect, if you see him, contact the Commerce Police Department at 911 or 903-886-1139."
Lisa Hill with Hunt Regional Community Hospital of Commerce confirmed that they are on lockdown and waiting for information from CPD.
CISD released a statement: "Campuses are on a modified lockdown as an armed suspect has been spotted in the area of the Commerce hospital. All campus doors have been locked while police search the area. Student safety is our utmost concern so entry into the schools and exits from the schools are being closely monitored."
According to initial reports, the Commerce Independent School District's Central Administration Building and Hunt Regional Community Hospital of Commerce are on lockdown due to an armed suspect in the area. CISD confirmed that local schools have taken precautions to ensure the safety of their students. More information will be release as it becomes available.