Barry Elementary School in Cortland put on lockdown after man shoots himself nearby

The truck involved in the chase with police through Cortland.

An elementary school was briefly put on lockdown after a man had a gun around the area.

Barry Elementary School on Raymond Avenue was placed on lockdown for a few minutes after a police chase ended nearby.

Police were originally called to check on the welfare of a man who lived in Marathon. He drove through the Town of Virgil and finally stopped on Delaware Avenue, a block from the elementary school. That's when police say he shot himself.

The man was taken to Upstate University Hospital.

No other injuries were reported. The school is located near the SUNY Cortland campus. None of this happened on school grounds.

The Cortland school district posted a letter to parents on Friday, adding details about the incident. It reads:

"Dear Parents and Guardians:

This morning at 11:40 a.m. Barry School received a call from the Cortland Police Department instructing us to place the school on lockdown. We immediately complied with police instructions and placed the school on lockdown at that time. The situation in the community was resolved at 11:48 a.m. and we were released from lockdown by our school resource officer at 11:55 a.m.

I would like to commend all of our students and staff on their calm and timely response to the announcement of our lockdown. They truly did a remarkable job. Based on the lockdown event we have made our school social worker and school psychologist intern available to any students that would like to discuss todayâ??s events. If you notice residual effects from the event at home and would like us to follow up with your child, please do not hesitate to call us at (607) 758-4150.

As a parent I truly appreciate the level of concern when an event of this nature occurs at your childâ??s school. Please know that we place our studentâ??s safety first and will debrief all aspects of todayâ??s events and refine any procedures necessary to ensure the safety of our students. As always, please call with any questions or suggestions at (607) 758-4150.


Peter Reyes

Principal, Barry Elementary School"