OMAHA — A knife-wielding man menaced the staff at a Papillion church Thursday afternoon, police said, and caused the lockdown of two nearby schools.
Papillion Police Lt. Ray Higgins said the man entered Wildewood Christian Church at 1255 Royal Drive at about 2:40 p.m. and threatened staff.
The pastor and secretary were able to lock themselves in a room and call 911, Higgins said. Once police arrived, the two escaped the building unharmed.
Law enforcement surrounded the building near 84th Street and Giles Road and caught the man as he was walking out, Higgins said.
The church is near La Vista Middle School and Papillion-La Vista High School, which prompted officials to temporarily place the schools on lockdown.
The man was taken to CHI Midlands to be evaluated. Charges are pending.
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