Thursday morning, Deputies from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department and the Sedalia 200 School Security Officers responded to the Smith Cotton Junior High School on a report of a suspicious and potentially armed person on the south lot of the school.

Officers from all agencies quickly secured the scene and conducted an investigation. One subject was taken into custody, and it was determined that a firearm was not utilized during the incident. Law enforcement Officers assisted the Sedalia 200 personnel in clearing the school as a precaution and the the scene was released.

The suspect, Michael K. Moore, 42, was arrested on charges of Trespassing and a Terroristic Threat. He will be held at the Pettis County Jail, pending the filing of state charges.

The press release also states this was an effective and coordinated effort between the Sedalia School District, the Sedalia Police Department, and the Pettis County Sheriff's Department due to continued training excercises for situations like this.