UPDATE - Shooter caught

(UPDATED at 3:35 p.m. with the mother's condition.) Authorities have caught a local 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting his mother today.
Joe Centers
May 31, 2012

Authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting his mother and then fleeing.

Michael Mason was arrested on Pearl Street in Willard at about 1:30 p.m.

Alerts sent via phone calls, emails and texts through the Huron County's public alert system had advised area residents to be on the look out for "Michael Mason," who was described as a 5-foot-8, 140-pound white 15-year-old boy wearing Army shorts, a black shirt, glasses, orange backpack and a black hat.

Residents also were told that Mason might be armed and dangerous and driving a 2001 brown SUV.

A final alert notified residents that Mason had been caught.

The shooting took place at 23 N. Main St., Willard, in the house where Mason and his mother live. Court records indicate that Mason is now 16.

Willard City Schools were on a lockdown today due to the shooting but were just removed from lockdown status.

“We immediately went off lockdown status and right to regular procedures,” Willard Superintendent David Danhoff said.

Danhoff said Mason had not attended Willard schools for about a year. “He was a student here, but was a drop-out and was not at this school this year,” he said.

Danhoff had high praise for many who handled the situation.

“I want to thank the Willard police, which did a great job, and Chief Mark Holden, who also did a great job keeping us informed,” he said. “I also want to thank the staff and support staff and administrators and especially our parents and guardians for paying attention to the One Call.”

The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted Willard police with the search.

The boy's mother, Melissa Mason, is listed in good condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where she was taken after initially going to Mercy Willard Hospital. She sustained a gunshot wound in the back.

 

Comments

crazytown55

This is f'ed up! they better get him ASAP!!

bobaluey

I just got an automated Huron county alert via telephone...the description was too fast and distorted due to being a robo call...they never said what vicinity or what the kid looked like just a description of his clothing... army shorts....AT least give hair and skin color. Tha'ts all I could catch.

Kottage Kat

bobaluey, I didn't get it either. Too fast, so much for my smart fone, lol. I hope I get an e-mail or a text for clarificaion. Kat

R-E-L

The text says 15 year old male wearing army shorts, black shirt, glasses and orange backpack, black hat.

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beiergirl65

Huron County Alert:

Look for a male about 15 years of age wearing Army shorts, Black shirt, glasses and orange backpack and black hat. If you see anyone matching this descreption please contact the Huron County Sheriffs Office immediately or call 911.

swiss family

on the automate alert phone calls, after they give the information, they ask you to either PRESS #1 to validate you got this message, or TO PRESS #3 to REPEAT IT, as many times as you need to , to get the information....it really IS NOT that complicated.....just sayin

John3065

Hey Swiss - do you know if there is a way or who to call to have them change it from my home to my cell? Even though this was not my "home" area, it was just luck that I happened to be home...if this ever happens around here, I want to get that message...it was great to hear what we should look for...

swiss family

I am sorry, but I do not know the answer to that.. I would ask the Sheriffs department, or maybe the Police... good luck.. that is a good idea by the way... so many people have their cell phones with them always, and are rarely near their land line..good luck

John3065

Thank you....just thought you might have known from your comment. Also, want to say that this is the FIRST time and I hope the ONLY time that I ever have to receive that phone call. I actually was impressed. It was very clear and easy to understand on my end. Maybe the "robo" voice has something to do with the phones that you are using?

bobaluey

What part of the " robo call being distorted" -- did you NOT understand?? Just Sayin'....

swiss family

you are right.. not only was the robo call distorted, but it was kind of a surprise, usually those calls come in the winter, saying a snow storm is headed this way, or that there is a parking ban in place, so you had to listen to this one all the way through... and if you didn't get it the first time, you could repeat it through eternity until you understand what they were saying... well at least that is what a normal, person, capable of independent thought would do....just sayin!!! I hope you were able to Understand that better than the much simpler phone directions....just sayin a little more!!!!lol

bobaluey

Just sayin...moron...Never received a call like that before ...didn't even know Huron Co. had that in place...Just sayin' ...wait till ya get hammered with 8 robos in 7 hours from Ohio Correctional -due to a computer glich - hope ya have as much fun with that one as we did... Three times in one hour..whoo hoo....Just sayin..

swiss family

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crazytown55

got him!

crazytown55

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Hereswhatithink

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...

its not like the schools and willard pd were not informed about this child before

John3065

Maybe now someone will listen and get this child the help that he needs. It could have been much worse than how it ended. He is in custody and I pray that this child's mother is ok

crazytown55

The mother was seen sitting up on the stretcher when they brought her out of the house from what I hear, so that's a good sign!

crazytown55

The mother was seen sitting up on the stretcher when they brought her out of the house from what I hear, so that's a good sign!

Most Wanted

Hereswhatithink....The mother's last name in this link has a different last name than the boy in this story...are you sure it's the same boy? Might want to double check and take this link off if it's not the same kid...(just checking?)

crazytown55

It's the same kid!!

Most Wanted

Ok, just checking...that would stink to have a link up on the wrong kid. Thanks.

Hereswhatithink

@Most Wanted
there were no names mentioned in the above article. and it is the same kid.

Most Wanted

I was mistaken...sorry...I read last years article, saw the Metcalf woman's name, mistakenly thought Metcalf was the name of the mother....then read the blog....now I get it! Sorry.

John3065

According to the scanner, they have him in custody......now to get this kid the help that he apparently needs...

OneLocalVoice

Why did the Reflector post his name. He is 15 years old and that makes him a minor.

former local

Same reason they use names of people who HAVEN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME! Lack of journalistic ethics.

John3065

I find that odd as well. I also heard it over the scanner, which usually never happens.....

6079 Smith W

IMO, the young man was obviously a clear and present danger and ALL known information regarding him needed to be received by the public in order to apprehend him.

The NR reporting his name is after the fact.

bikerwife

This is so sad..What is our world coming to? I really hope & pray that this boy gets the help he needs..Glad to hear his mom will be ok..

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