CEDAR CITY – A woman was arrested Monday morning after chasing a man through the Cedar Middle School parking lot and striking him in the face with a handgun following a road rage incident.
Officers determined that the incident began as a traffic offense that occurred several blocks from the school at approximately 8 a.m., according to a Cedar City Police Department press release.
A man told police that 32-year-old Kimberly Tishie passed him illegally causing a car in the oncoming lane to swerve in order to avoid a collision. The man followed Tishie to Cedar Middle School where she pulled into the parking lot.
As the man approached Tishie’s car, the man told police Tishie brandished a handgun. The man then turned and headed back to his vehicle, according to the statement, and Tishie chased after him with the weapon and used it to bash him in the face.
An off-duty deputy from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department was at the school when the event took place, and witnessed the altercation, and subdued the suspect before she could discharge her firearm.
“From beginning to end,” Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said. “The whole thing lasted about two minutes before it was over.”
Secondary Education Director Jennifer Wood said that by the time the incident occurred about 90 percent of the students were already in class. She said the whole thing was caught on a school surveillance camera.
Tishie was dropping her child off at the school that morning Wood said, but she said she believed the child was already inside of the building when everything happened.
Though there was a handgun involved, Wood said that there were no children endangered because everything was under control so quickly thanks to the off duty officer who was already on the scene. Wood said the school was not placed on lockdown as a result of the expedience and care taken in handling the would-be crisis by local law enforcement.
Tishie was arrested and charged with one third-degree felony for aggravated assault; one class A misdemeanor for possession of a dangerous weapon on school premises; an infraction for disorderly conduct; and a class C misdemeanor for an outstanding traffic warrant for an unrelated speeding ticket.
Tishie was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility. Bail has not been set as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Parents of middle school students were notified Monday at about 11:30 a.m. by email and text through the school emergency parent alert system.
Wood said that there are no procedures in place for something quite like this, because you just can’t predict every possible scenario, but that she believed they did the best they could in a terrible situation.
Roden said that if children find themselves in a situation where they see someone on school property who has a weapon they should immediately get to safety and try to find an adult who can help.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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