Armed man reported in vicinity of school in Fairfield, IA


On May 27, 2022, at approximately 12:40PM CST, a call came into the Jefferson County Dispatch Center in Fairfield, IA reporting that an armed male was on the grounds of the Pence elementary school in Fairfield. 

A lockdown order was issued for all Fairfield schools, as well as MSAE school. Officers from the Fairfield Police Department responded to Pence elementary school in less than 3 minutes and secured Pence elementary. Additional agencies responding to the call included: 

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and reserves Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Davis County Sheriff’s Office Wapello County Sheriff’s Office Henry County Sheritfs Office Washington County Sheriff’s Office Special Agents from the lowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol Conservation officers with the lowa Department of Natural Resources Officers with the lowa Department of Transportation The Fairfield Fire Department Care Ambulance Jefferson County Emergency Management 


Response was coordinated by the Jefferson County Dispatch Center. Additional responding agencies rapidly secured every school facility in Fairfield. 

A search was made for a man matching the description with the assistance of a K-9 officer serving the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. No parties matching the description of the suspect were immediately located. 

The school lockdowns were lifted at approximately 1:45 PM, permitting the release of students. Following the clearing of the emergency response, law enforcement efforts shifted to a criminal investigation of possible brandishing of a firearm on school grounds. Investigation is ongoing. 


A special thanks is due to the agencies from the State and surrounding area, who provided swift and much needed assistance to a rapidly developing situation. 

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