A 66-year-old Glenwood man, armed with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, was arrested without incident Monday afternoon, Dec. 2, near the Glenwood Middle School.
Glenwood Police Chief Eric Johansen said Lyle Hillhouse, 66, was arrested on school district property near the pedestrian bridge over Keg Creek. Hillhouse told officers he was out hunting squirrels.
Johansen said two officers were on the scene within a minute after the Mills County 911 Communications Center received a call of a man carrying what appeared to be a gun case walking near the middle school at 400 Sivers Road. Classes were in session when the call came in around 12:30 p.m.
Johansen said Hillhouse was seen walking eastbound on a sidewalk along Sivers Road in front of the school, presumably from his residence at the nearby Woodglen housing complex. The gun, Johansen said, was covered with a sleeve when Hillhouse was arrested. He was held in Mills County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Hillhouse was charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, a Class D felony, and faces up to five years in prison if convicted. Mills County Attorney Eric Hansen said he has not seen evidence to dispute Hillhouse’s claim that his intention was to hunt squirrels.
Johansen said the middle school was never put in a lockdown because Hillhouse was apprehended almost immediately after the 911 call was received.