UPDATED 2:17 PM – The Bulloch County Sheriff’s department has detained the subject without incident. It is safe to return to normal activities.

UPDATED 1:25 PM – A little after 10:38 am on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 the Portal Police Department and Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident on Coleman Street in Portal, Georgia.

The incident involves a subject with a gun at a residence on Coleman Street. As a precaution Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown has asked that the Portal Schools be locked down. The have also closed several city streets in Portal as a precaution and are advising residents to avoid this area.

Portal citizens have been asked to lock their doors and stay inside as a precaution.

Bulloch Schools Advisory

Law enforcement has responded to a domestic issue at a residence in Portal, which is near Portal Middle High School and Portal Elementary. Children and employees at the two schools are safe, and they are continuing with their normal school schedule. 

In an abundance of caution, both Portal Middle High School and Portal Elementary School have suspended outside activities until further notice. 

The schools have communicated with their families. They have asked families to please cooperate with them as they work with law enforcement to maintain a safe zone around the two schools. Law enforcement advises the public to remain out of the area until the situation is contained.

The schools will not allow anyone to enter or exit our buildings at this time. Portal Middle High School is not allowing students to exit the building for off-campus commitments (i.e dual enrollment, work-based learning).

At this time, the two schools’ regular after school dismissal times will continue as scheduled.  If that changes the school system will notify families.

We will provide updates as they become available.