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Fugitive chase leads to school lock down

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LINDALE,TX (KLTV) -  Minutes after John Owens ran out of Velma Penny Elementary he was taken away in an ambulance, and it all started with a traffic stop.

"We received a call minutes ago that the Smith County Sheriff's Department just conducted a traffic call right here on FM 849 and in the middle of them conducting the traffic stop one of the suspects  in the car fled across this field ,"said Jamie Holder, Lindale ISD Deputy Superintendent.

Lindale ISD officials say Owens went through the front doors of Velma Penny Elementary, where the principal quickly issued a Code Red lock down.

 "They ran in the school took the first right they saw out a hallway and they were immediately detained by the Smith County Sheriff's Office," said Holder.

 Owens reportedly spent about 20 seconds inside the school and was then tackled by Deputies and taken into custody. Deputies didn't know why he was running until they discovered he had warrants out for his arrest.

"The suspect was not armed," said Holder, "no student, no teacher, no school personnel was ever in danger it was just an unfortunate situation and I'm glad law enforcement handled it as quickly as they did."

Owens reportedly suffered an arm injury when he was taken down by deputies. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Velma Penny Elementary was on lock down for about 6 minutes. Owens is now facing a charge of evading arrest.

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