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By BETH ZUMWALT
Pittsfield City Police were dispatched to an address on Clarksville Road Friday morning, at 7:28 a.m.
The call was regarding a person with a gun and the sound of a shot being fired.
Since the house was across the street from South School and school was scheduled to start accepting students in 30 minutes, officers were instantly on high alert.
School officials were notified and a plan was formulated to drive students to another location, if the situation was not resolved quickly. Law enforcement handled the situation prior to student arrival and the normal school day was not interrupted.
The PCPD arrested Danielle King, 50, of Pittsfield. King faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Reports say when officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with King and ordered her to put the gun down. She complied.
Officers determined the suspect was likely suffering from hallucinations from drug use. Officers located and seized methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia from the residence. Officers also seized the weapon.
The Pittsfield Police Department credits the team work of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Pike County Dispatch, Illinois State Police and Pikeland School District for their assistance in the incident.