Athens City: Schools Notified After Parent Attacks Spouse, Grabs Gun, Leaves to Pick up Children

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Louis Cattage

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A domestic disturbance at the 100 block of Cedar St resulted in three Athens schools being placed on notice on Tuesday.

The Athens Mayor’s Office said that a woman and her husband were arguing when he attacked her.  The man, Louis Jermaine Cattage, 32, grabbed a pistol and threatened to commit suicide, according to reports.

Cattage’s wife left the residence and went to a service station on U.S. 72 to call police.  She told dispatchers that Cattage later called her to tell her that he was going to pick up their children from school, according to the Mayor’s Office.  Cattage’s three children attend Brookhill Elementary, Athens Middle School, and Athens High School.

Police Chief Floyd Johnson sent officers to each school and notified the principals and the superintendent about the situation.

Cattage was spotted by police driving toward Brookhill Elementary.  According to reports, Cattage did not stop at the school but continued on to Sanderfer Road when he was stopped.

Police said Cattage has a .25 caliber handgun with one bullet in his possession.  Police have charged him with third degree domestic violence and carrying a pistol without a permit.

“No one at the schools was ever threatened, and all the city schools have restricted access,” Johnson said. “My officers and the school system responded as they were supposed to, and we were able to get this situation resolved quickly.”

The case is still under investigation.