Sheriff: Threat against students prompted Clover Schools lockdown

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office

Andrew Ross Brown.


by Staff

Posted on April 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:36 PM

CLOVER, S.C. – A Clover man is in custody after authorities say he threatened to kill his stepmother, who’s an employee of Chesterfield County Schools. The threat prompted the lockdown of Clover Schools while authorities searched for, and apprehended the suspect at his Clover home.

Authorities tell NBC Charlotte 21-year-old Andrew Ross Brown has been arrested after threatening to kill his stepmother, who’s an employee of Chesterfield County Schools.

Brown, officials said, traveled to his stepmother’s home in Anson County and stole guns from her home.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office notified the York County Sheriff’s Office of the situation because Brown’s residence is in Clover.

Authorities say Brown’s home is near a Clover elementary school, prompting the district to go on a precautionary lockdown.

Brown, who officials say was armed at the time, was apprehended at his home in Clover Wednesday morning.

Officials in York County told NBC Charlotte the stepmother reported that Brown made a threat against both her and Chesterfield County Schools. Clover Police told NBC Charlotte that Brown’s threat specifically included students at the school.

Despite information from the York County Sheriff’s Office, Chesterfield County School officials are denying any threats were made Wednesday against the district. Late Wednesday afternoon, Chesterfield Schools released the following statement to NBC Charlotte:

On Tuesday April 16, a Chesterfield County School District employee had a domestic situation at home. As an extra precaution, we had additional security on the campus of one of our schools this morning. The situation was resolved quickly and did not require a lock down. The school day was not impacted.

Clover Schools notified parents electronically Wednesday morning of the district-wide lockdown. That correspondence indicated the York County Sheriff’s Office had discovered a credible threat involving a possible shooting.

Brown was taken into custody on outstanding warrants for burglary and larceny out of Anson County.

Brown was apprehended at his Clover home at approximately 9:00 a.m. without incident, and the lockdown was lifted about 20 minutes later.  He’s currently being held in the York County Jail.

All campuses are secure and students are safe.