DUNWOODY, Ga. — Several schools in Dunwoody went into lockdown Dec. 6 after a man who previously made threats against schools left Peachford Hospital without authorization.
Just before noon, officers responded to Peachford Hospital in reference to a patient who walked away from the hospital without being properly discharged. The patient, described as a 29-year-old man, was admitted to the hospital several days ago after making threats to “shoot up” schools, Dunwoody Police reported.
Because of the threats, Dekalb County School System issued a lockdown at nearby schools — including Peachtree Charter Middle School, Chestnut Elementary Charter School, Dunwoody Elementary School, Dunwoody High School and Vanderlyn Elementary School — as a precautionary measure. The patient was not known to be armed with any weapons when he left the hospital and the lockdown was placed only due to the previous threats made by the subject.
Around 2:30 p.m., police announced the patient had been safely located and taken into police custody.