A Parsons industry went on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a Chanute man allegedly threatened to shoot one of its employees.
The man, Dale M. Perry, 51, is also a suspect in a kidnapping in Chanute Wednesday.
Perry traveled to Parsons Wednesday looking for a man. Perry stopped at Grandview Cabinetry, but the man sought didn’t work there anymore. Witnesses told police Perry allegedly made threats against the man, and they believed Perry was armed.
Officers were dispatched to Power Flame, 2001 S 21st, to intercept someone enroute to shoot an employee.
Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said officers conducted a sweep of the locked down building. The plant manager, having heard of the threat, had already secured the building.
Officers looked for Perry in Parsons but did not find him.
Spinks said Parsons police contacted Perry by phone Wednesday and Perry allegedly confirmed some of the observations of witnesses but denied threatening to harm the man.
Chanute police responded to a call at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of South Santa Fe. During the investigation, Chanute police arrested Perry on suspicion of kidnapping and criminal threat, according to the Chanute Police Department Facebook page. These charges aren't related to the Parsons case.
Perry was taken to the Neosho County Jail in Erie.
“We avoided a potentially deadly situation this day. I want to thank the quick actions by the Power Flame manager to lock the facility down and the officers to rapidly respond to intercept," Spinks said in a prepared statement. "Active shooters and homicides are what the police train for, but not the type of call that we wish to respond to. We as a community lucked out today and see it, hear it, report it was again successful.”