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FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Williamson County students will be back in class Tuesday after school was canceled Monday due to a manhunt. School employee Jeff Vaughn is accused of opening fire on his own family and running from authorities. Our cameras were rolling when he was captured Sunday night. Vaughn claims he was brainwashed.
An incident leading up to his arrest is why Williamson County Schools were closed Monday. Authorities considered 41 year old Jeff Vaughn a danger to students. He's accused of opening fire on his own family, but even more shocking, he worked as a maintenance man for Williamson County Schools. He was armed and on the loose for most of the weekend, and it was coming as a major concern for school officials and parents alike. The search ended Sunday night.
"They can rest easy and that's why we've been out day and night, non-stop trying to get him into custody where the people of the community can relax," says Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long. "It's safe now and they don't have anything to worry about."
Now Jeff Vaughn is behind bars, but before the danger was over, big decisions had already been made. Vaughn was considered a threat because he had a key to all of the schools in Williamson County. He was arrested late Sunday night, which didn't give school officials enough time to rescind the school closure.
"I think we made the right call," says Williamson County School Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. "I think today I'm very popular with students and less popular with parents. But at the end of the day, we're always going to decide to make a decision that's in the best interest of boys and girls in Williamson County."
Vaughn doesn't have a criminal history, but just 2 days before Saturday's incident, Vaughn's wife filed a protective order against him. Inside the paperwork she cites he had problems with alcohol and was physically and verbally abusive. He now sits in the Williamson County Jail on a $900,000 bond.
No one was seriously hurt in the attack. Vaughn will face a judge next week.
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