At approximately 9:15 a.m. on September 14, Sheriff Ray Cross was contacted by DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Weldon and advised that Alabama units were in pursuit of a possibly armed suspect who was heading toward Dade County on Sand Mountain.
Early information was that the suspect pulled a firearm on a female in Alabama, Ider police arrived on the scene, and the suspect then fled law enforcement.
Dade County Sheriff’s Office units joined the pursuit coming down Sand Mountain on Highway 1
The Trenton City Police Department posted on Highway 136 near Food Outlet and deployed spike strips, successfully striking the vehicle’s tires. The disabled vehicle then turned into the Dollar General near the Pace Drive intersection. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot toward Dade Middle School, with Dade County deputies in pursuit on foot.
Due to the circumstances and proximity of the suspect (and the possibility that he was armed), Dade County units advised dispatch to immediately place DMS on lockdown.
The school went on Code Red Lockdown at approximately 9:35 a.m. The school system reported, “Ms. Beeler and her team alerted students and staff to follow safety protocols and School Resource Officer Sandra Matthews stood guard near the building.”
Approximately ten minutes later, Dade County 911 alerted the school that the suspect was apprehended and the lockdown was clear. DCSO deputies and Trenton PD officers took the suspect into custody near Town Creek Apartments, within approximately 100 yards of the middle school.
The suspect is Justice Michael Reeves, age 22, of Flat Rock, Ala. He is facing charges in Alabama. Dade County charged him with: Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude, Failure to Maintain Lane, and Turn Signal Requirements.
Sheriff Cross said, “Dade County deputies, along with Trenton PD officers and a few Trenton firefighters, acted quickly to secure the suspect and prevent him from reaching the middle school. The safety of our community is the most important mission we have. Thank you to all my deputies, the City of Trenton, our dispatchers, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Ider PD, and the Dade County School System for acting swiftly and producing the safest outcome possible.”
Dade County Schools said, “We want to thank Dade County 911 for the alert and give a big shout out to our DMS faculty, staff, and students for locking the building down so quickly. We also want to give a big shout out to local law enforcement officials for their quick response. We all worked together to execute our safety plan, and DMS was secured within seconds.”