School canceled in Ariton after shots fired near campus

Dale County deputies blocks streets in Ariton during a standoff with a man who fired shots on February 10, 2020.
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Ariton (WTVY)-- Update: The suspect has been taken into custody.


A standoff with law enforcement has caused classes to be canceled at Ariton school and a major highway has also been closed.

“Deputies are currently in an active standoff with an armed subject near Main Street and Hwy 51 in Ariton. Multiple shots have been fired. Please avoid the area,” the Dale County Sheriff's Office posted to its Facebook page.

Dale County Superintendent Ben Baker said a decision was made early Monday to delay classes but, with the standoff still not resolved by 8 am, Baker canceled classes for the day.

“We really don't have a choice because our buses can't get to the school because of the roads closed due to the standoff,” Baker told WTVY. .

Highway 51 also remains closed as deputies try to coax the shooter from inside a shed. There has not been any word on if anyone has been shot.