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Police arrest Athens parent after incident involving school

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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Authorities arrested an Athens man on domestic violence and weapons charges after they said he was headed to an elementary school with a loaded handgun.

A woman told police her husband attacked her during an argument, grabbed a pistol and threatened to commit suicide. She told a dispatcher her husband left to go pick up their children from school.

"We sent officers to each of the schools and notified all three principals and the superintendent about the situation," said Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said.

Louis Jermaine Cattage, 32, was arrested and charged with third-degree domestic violence and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Police said Cattage was driving toward Brookhill Elementary Tuesday morning, when he was stopped on Sanderfer Road and taken into custody. According to authorities, Cattage had a .25 caliber handgun loaded with one bullet.

"No one at the schools was ever threatened, and all the city schools have restricted access," said Johnson. "My officers and the school system responded as they were supposed to, and we were able to get this situation resolved quickly."

Cattage is being held under a $2,000 bond.  Chief Floyd said there is a hold on that bond so Cattage won't be going anywhere anytime soon.  The case remains under investigation.

Officials with Athens City schools sent out this statement in response to the incident:

Athens police department notified Athens city schools that a report was made to them of a parent en route to and elementary school who was upset and potentially threatening. All schools were locked down and the police apprehended the individual immediately. Due to the prompt communication and training of Athens PD as well as the trained school staff, schools were able to resume normal operations. All students and staff were safe at all times.

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