Safety concern shuts down school, sends students to different location

Tactical units getting ready for a briefing before heading out to the woods for gunman search in Boyne Falls.

Boyne Falls Public School were put into a lockdown this morning and eventually cancelled classes due to a safety concern.

The search for the man has been called off. Authorities say the dogs could not pick up a scent and did not have any leads.


t. Derrick Carroll, with the Michigan State Police tells 7&4 News a tip was received Friday at 7:05am about a man running across M-75 with blood on his side and holding a handgun.

The man was near the school and due to the heavily wooded area, the school was put on immediate lockdown. Police say the man, however, was not believed to be heading to the school.

"Schools are taking precautions, this is not a school issue," said Lt. Carroll.

A K9 unit was brought onto the scene as well as a tactical unit helping in the search effort. They also searched the properties surrounding Boyne Mountain.

Police say the man is described as in his mid 40's. He was wearing a light brown t-shirt and blue jeans.

The Department of Natural Resources are on the scene with an ATV unit to assist in the search in the woods surrounding M-75.

Deanna Avery, with the Boyne Falls School, tells 7&4 News the lockdown was prompted by the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office soon after the tip was received. Students are being sent home with their families for the day.

The lockdown has been lifted at Boyne City schools as well.

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