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Nearby suicide threat locks down school

Howard Elementary School in Medford was locked down briefly Thursday afternoon while police dealt with an armed suicidal man a block away on Mace Road, officials said.

Medford police received a call that Terry Lynn White, 42, had a handgun and was threatening suicide at his home in the 100 block of Mace Road just after 3 p.m., Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said.

The school resource officer stationed at Howard Elementary, at 286 Mace Road in northwest Medford, heard the call on his radio and ordered the school to lock down.

"It was immediately after school, so there may have been kids outside waiting to leave," Budreau said. "When we have armed situations near schools we like to get the kids inside just in case shots are fired."

When officers confronted White he had put down the gun and complied with their requests. He was taken into custody without incident.

White was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct, three counts of reckless endangerment, menacing and harassment. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $22,000 bail.

"(White) will definitely be evaluated by a medical official for mental health reasons," Budreau said.