At 10:43am Centre County 911 received a call reporting that a male had approached the caller and stated there was an emergency at Easterly Parkway Elementary. The caller reported that the male ran to her car, said that someone had been shot, and he was running from Easterly Parkway Elementary School.
State College Police were dispatched at 10:44am and the first officers were on scene at 10:44am. By 10:46am officers reported they were in the school office and it was safe and secure. Numerous officers from State College Police, Centre Co Sheriff’s Office, Penn State and Ferguson Township Police responded. The grounds and interior of the school were checked and verified safe and secure.
Officers located the male who had contacted the original 911 caller at 10:50am, one block away from the school on Nimitz Ave.
During the investigation it was learned that this male had attempted entry into the secured lobby of the school and was denied access by security measures at the school. He ran from the building and encountered the original 911 caller on Ellen Ave, resulting in her call to 911.
The police investigation revealed that the male detained on Nimitz Ave was the same male that attempted entry to the school, ran and confronted the original 911 caller. He was found to be under the influence of controlled substances and hallucinating about the shooting and about people chasing him. There was also no evidence that a firearm was ever involved in the incident.
The male has been identified as 26 year old Shane David Valence. He is homeless from the Clearfield, PA area. He was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of his drug use. He has been charged with Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Public Drunkenness. A warrant was obtained to be served on him upon his release.
The safety of our schools is a top priority for the State College Police Department. A review of this event verified that measures taken by staff at Easterly Parkway Elementary prevented this individual from gaining access to the school. The immediate and precise reporting by the 911 caller greatly assisted police with his immediate capture. We encourage the public to stay vigilant to suspicious behavior, and accurately report events to police.