A Clanton man is facing multiple charges in connection with the lockdown of Chilton County Schools Monday.
Michael J. Day, 30, was arrested Monday and charged with domestic violence, terrorist threat, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
It started Monday morning at 7:42 a.m. when Clanton police received a report of a domestic situation at a gas station that involved a weapon. The suspect allegedly threatened to hurt himself and his girlfriend, but they left before police arrived.
A short time later, police in Calera responded to a domestic situation involving the same couple. The victim told police that Day told her to take off her seatbelt and tried to flip his vehicle on the interstate. The victim said she tried to put her seatbelt back on, but he pulled out a knife and tried to cut the seatbelt. Day also allegedly had a shotgun between his legs with the barrel pointed at his head.
Day eventually dropped his girlfriend off at work. She and her mother then contacted Clanton Elementary School because of some "very vague, yet disturbing text messages," according to police.
"With all that was going on, him being armed, and the text messages caused them to believe he was going to hurt himself and his children. One message allegedly stated he was going to get his kids and they were all going to see their mother. Their mother died last year," said Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell.
At 9:39 a.m. Day showed up at Clanton Elementary School to check out his kids.
"The school had already been forewarned, they immediately called us, secured the school, and Mr. Day never gained entry to the school. The school staff should be commended," Stilwell said.
All Chilton County schools were placed on lock down until Day was in custody.
"We wanted to make sure the schools were safe and with them all being on one campus, it was best to lock them all down. Officers were sent to each school," Stilwell said. "I can't stress enough what a great job the school staff did today. Because we were able to get to Mr. Day prior to him getting his kids we will never know his true intentions. But we do know because of the schools actions, they are safe."
Police say Day didn't have a weapon on school grounds, and they found the gun in his living room.
Day is being held in the Chilton County Jail with no bond. His children are currently with a relative.
Calera police have domestic violence charges pending for the incident that happened in their jurisdiction, according to Clanton police.
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