SCHOOL THREAT: Man Flees Des Moines School

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Des Moines police are searching for a man who allegedly made a threat about using a gun while at Merrill Middle School Tuesday.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. Police say a woman and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Ryan Collier, were fighting at home when the woman said she was going to go pick up the kids at Merrill Middle School, located at 5301 Grand Avenue. Collier followed the woman and they were arguing inside the school.

A school administrator tried to break up the fight and that’s when Collier allegedly said he had a gun and threatened to use it. Police say no one saw a weapon.

The school resource officer called for back up and once Collier heard the school was being locked down he fled. Police say he fled northeast of the school.

The school was placed on lockdown but police that was lifted around 3:25 p.m. The school is again on lockdown because Collier was spotted in a nearby neighborhood around 3:45 p.m.

Police say all the students and staff are safe.

mug_collier_ryanPolice are also searching nearby neighborhoods for Collier. They think he may be in the Waterbury neighborhood and are working to narrow the search perimeter. If you see him, contact police and do not approach him yourself.

Several local law enforcement agencies are assisting Des Moines police.

Hanawalt, Hubbell, and Greenwood elementary schools and Roosevelt High School were also placed on lockdown. The lockdown has been lifted at Greenwood and Roosevelt.

Roosevelt High parents were notified about the lockdown by an email from principal, Kevin Biggs.

Channel 13 has a crew on the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


  • Lisa

    It’s probably time for the DM School district to invest in text messaging alerts for parents…sadly. Not everyone reads their emails as they come through. Grandview and Uof Iowa have this notification system.

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