PORTAL, Ga. (WSAV) – The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office has detained a suspect who prompted the lockdown of two Portal schools on Wednesday.

Around 10 a.m., deputies were called to Coleman Street for a report of a distraught man walking around outside with a handgun.

Officials said the man, now identified as Jason Wilkes, threatened to shoot himself or have the officers do it for him.

Jason Wilkes

News 3 is told he was going through some personal matters, including the break up of a marriage and the loss of a family member.

Meanwhile, neighbors were asked to stay indoors and nearby Portal Middle High School and Portal Elementary School suspended outside activities as a precaution. No one was allowed to enter or exit the school buildings.

Closer to the schools’ dismissal times, the sheriff’s office became concerned for the students. Deputies were notified by the Bulloch County School System that students would likely be walking through the area on their way home from school.

At that point, Wilkes had moved to his pickup truck, still refusing demands to put his gun down.

In the interest of student safety, officials said they moved in to apprehend Wilkes with the use of an armored vehicle.

A drone video shows Wilkes getting out of his truck unarmed as the vehicle approached. Two deputies are then seen detaining him.

Wilkes was booked by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office on one charge of disorderly conduct and another for possession of firearm by convicted felon or first offender.