Students from four Center Grove schools were kept at school while police investigated a shooting in the area Wednesday afternoon.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office contacted police at Center Grove and asked the school district to hold any students living in the Wakefield subdivision, located off Smith Valley Road, west of Morgantown Road, Center Grove Superintendent Richard Arkanoff said.
Police were investigating a homicide at Devonshire Apartments on State Road 135 in Greenwood and went into the Wakefield neighborhood to search the home of a man they believe was involved.
“They explained the situation and asked us to hold the students and not have any traffic in the area,” Arkanoff said.
Police believed the man shot and killed another man at the apartment off State Road 135. Police found a man with a life-threatening head wound and a bullet casing on the floor of the apartment. The woman who lived there told police the man believed to be the shooter lived on Paddock Road in Wakefield.
Police later found the man in Marion County. After a pursuit with police, his vehicle crashed into a home in Marion County, and the man was taken to an Indianapolis hospital, where police said he was dead.
Center Grove schools issued an automated call about 2:30 p.m. that the students would be held at the school until the police said they could be sent home. Parents could pick up their children or they would be sent home on buses after police cleared the area, according to the call.
Police allowed people back into the neighborhood about 3:20 p.m., Arkanoff said.
Students on three or four buses from Pleasant Grove Elementary School, both middle schools and the high school were held, Arkanoff said. He did not know how many students were kept at school.