COPPERAS COVE — Police arrested a Copperas Cove woman suspected of threatening to shoot children at Williams/Ledger Elementary School, causing the school to be locked down Thursday.

Justice of the Peace Bill Price arraigned Shelly Dawn Davis on a misdemeanor charge of a terroristic threat in a public place. He set her bond at $3,000.

Police responded to the school about 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the arrest affidavit.

The school was placed under a brief lockdown about 3:05 p.m. Thursday due to a threat made to safety, said Olga Peña, Copperas Cove Independent School District spokeswoman.

“No incident took place and no one was hurt,” Peña said. “The lockdown was lifted in about 10 minutes, once Copperas Cove police deemed everyone safe.”

Witnesses told police Davis was at the school demanding to have her child handed over to her. School employees informed Davis her child was given to Child Protective Services, and a representative would be coming to speak with her, the affidavit stated.

Davis became upset and said she “had a gun in her vehicle and (was) not afraid to use it,” according to the affidavit.

Davis allegedly went on to threaten the principal by saying she would slit her throat.

Administrators locked down the school after Davis left the building and went to her car, the affidavit stated.

By the time police arrived, Davis had left the campus.

Peña said students were released from school 10 minutes late and a phone message was sent to all parents because of the threat.

After-school activities continued as planned.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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