Armed man forces brief lockdown at Groves High

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Birmingham Groves High School in Beverly Hills was briefly locked down Monday after reports of a distraught, armed man outside the building, according to police and district officials.

“There was a report made to Beverly Hills Public Safety that there was an individual who was possibly despondent and possibly armed, who was on one of the school fields,” said Marcia Wilkinson, director of communications at the Birmingham Public School District.

“He is not a current student or staff member,” Wilkinson said. “Beverly Hills police directed the response and then notified the school that the issue was resolved.”

The man, who was armed, was located by police on the baseball field, Public Safety Deputy Director Chris Yanosy said. He was taken away in an ambulance.

Yanosy declined to release further details on the man or the situation, citing medical privacy.

The school was locked down from 11:25-11:40 p.m., Wilkinson said.

Groves, located at 20500 West 13 Mile, is part of the Birmingham Public School District. Officials at the school declined to comment, referring questions to the district.

The school confirmed the lockdown in an email sent to parents, urging them to stay away from the school to help ease security procedures.

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