County sheriff's deputies, state police and other squad cars blocked Main Street in McNabb just after 2 p.m., and soon after, other emergency personnel were blocking the entrances to town.
Dennis Nona, an employee with Grasser's Plumbing and Heating, said he and fellow employees were advised to leave the business about around 2 p.m. Nona said multiple police forces, including Putnam County, La Salle and Spring Valley were on scene. Police were surrounding a building in the 400 block of W. Main Street, Nona said.
Scanner traffic reported a subject barricaded themselves in a building.
“All of a sudden today, they said lock all the doors, nobody leave. Five minutes later they called back and said evacuate the building,” said Mike Grasser, also an employee at Grasser's and a McNabb resident.
Grasser said an individual who rents the apartment has "been causing a lot of issues the past few weeks."
A Facebook post from Putnam County Emergency Management Agency stated people were not being allowed into town as a safety precaution.
"For everyone’s safety you will not be allowed back into the town of McNabb," the post stated.
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An employee of another business also declined to provide her name, and simply said she and coworkers were instructed to remain locked inside the business.
The school bus bringing students home from school was not allowed to go to any of the bus stops. Teri Parola, dispatcher for Johannes Bus Service, said she was told all students had to be dropped off at the fire station. The station is on the southeast part of town.
"I had 15 moms message me," said Tanna Brown of McNabb, who's waiting for her kids at the McNabb Fire Station.
People are waiting at the fire station. pic.twitter.com/zHFkEmEWtP— Ali Braboy (@NT_PutnamCo) February 5, 2019
Parents got there kids but can’t go into McNabb pic.twitter.com/Agokaha8uo— Ali Braboy (@NT_PutnamCo) February 5, 2019