Assault on Kingman officer prompts school lockdown

Friday afternoon manhunt ends with suspect's arrest

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A Kingman Police officer keeps an eye on the neighborhood as Hualapai Elementary School is dismissed Friday afternoon during a manhunt.

RYAN ABELLA/Miner<BR> A Kingman Police officer keeps an eye on the neighborhood as Hualapai Elementary School is dismissed Friday afternoon during a manhunt.

KINGMAN - Hualapai Mountain Elementary went into full and partial lockdowns Friday afternoon after a man assaulted a Kingman Police Officer during a traffic stop, then fled on foot into a neighborhood across from the school.

Jordan Allen Parker, 27, of Kingman was wanted on 10 outstanding warrants, and was also being charged with driving on a revoked license at the time of the traffic stop, according to Kingman Police.

By 2 p.m., Parker was being pursued by three law enforcement agencies and facing new charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and evading arrest.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office K9 Units tracked gravel alleyways in search of Parker between homes.

Kingman Police officers hoisted themselves over cinder block walls into one resident's backyard, searching among the items that surrounded the pool for a person in hiding.

The officer chasing Parker was on site and said he knew the suspect through past encounters.

Parker also has several friends in the area who may have been helping him evade arrest at the time, the officer said.

The officer said police lost track of Parker hopping fences and going from yard-to-yard.

That changed at 4:10 p.m. Friday, when Parker was spotted and captured in the 2800 block of Southern Avenue, according to KPD Support Services Administrator Jennifer Sochocki.

Parker was booked for aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, both felonies. He also has several pending charges.

About one hour before then at Hualapai Mountain Elementary, officers stood outside to assist during closing bell, as other officers patrolled the area in unmarked cars in search of Parker.

Parent Hugh Schwartz was among those watching as an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter circled overhead.

Schwartz noticed the helicopter while on his way to pick his child up. It seemed oddly close to his child's school, he said, and when he checked his phone, a voicemail advised him of the lockdown.

His phone showed he received the voicemail at 2:55 p.m., about five minutes after the lockdown was lifted, said Schwartz

"The school was timely," he said. "As parents we're always worried for the safety of our children. That's why I'm still out here waiting."

He was one of roughly 800 families with a working phone to receive the voicemail, according to Principal Jerry Arave.

It was about 2:15 p.m. when Arave first received word from Kingman Police Department about a wanted person in the area, he said.

"When we first got the call we went into full lockdown," Arave said.

That entails cutting off the lights in the building, locking all the doors, double checking all the doors, and conducting a full student count, said Arave.

With teachers and students secured in their classrooms, and administrators secured in the administrative office, email correspondences are sent back and forth to make sure all students are accounted for, Arave said.

Around 2:25 p.m. Arave said he received another call from Kingman Police stating it was OK to go into a partial or soft lockdown, rather than full.

"We were worried about the kids who walk home, and wanted to give parents the opportunity to come and get their kids," he said. "The walkers who were not picked up, we held them."

The last call came at 3:10 p.m., when police said it was OK to dismiss as they normally did, and cleared all students to go.

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