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Superintendent ensures student safety after nearby SWAT investigation

A Clinton County man is on the loose after a SWAT investigation last night.

Posted: Apr 12, 2018 6:54 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 6:56 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-- A Clinton County man is on the loose after a SWAT investigation last night. The search didn't get in the way of classes for Rossville High School students this morning.

37-year-old Matthew Gilbert is wanted for numerous felony warrants including escape, intimidation, and resisting arrest. The SWAT investigation happened near 700 N and 800 N on State Road 39. That's within a mile of the school.

Gilbert is wanted on numerous felony warrants including escape, intimidation, failure to appear in court, resisting an arrest and two other felony charges.

Chief Deputy Joseph Mink said this isn't the first time Gilbert has dealt with law enforcement but said the department does not see him as a dangerous threat.

"Yes we have beliefs that maybe he is armed but in this day in age," Mink said. there are a lot of people armed but I don't believe he is going to harm the public."

Rossville Superintendent Jim Hanna said holding classes is a better alternative for these kinds of situations.

"If we didn't have school today, a lot of those kids would be home alone and in the community," Hanna said. "Then it shifts the responsibility back to the parents."

Faculty at Rossville guided students out to the busses today to make sure they felt safe. Hanna said the school was the best place for students to be at today in regards to safety but wants everyone to know these precautions are his number one priority.

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