21-year-old Chelsea man charged with kidnapping, terrorist threats for Chelsea Middle School lockdown

Ryan Matthew Sims

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Chelsea Middle School initiated a lockdown after it was reported that a man armed with a gun was in the school.{} A Shelby County Sheriff's deputy assigned to the school for security purposes immediately moved from the front entrance to where the gunman was seen.{} There, he and the principal confronted the gunman and learned that he was holding five female students against their will in the girls locker room.{} Over the course of the next few minutes, the deputy and principal talked the gunman into releasing the students and then surrendering himself.{} No one was injured and the suspect was transported to the Shelby County Jail.

On Wednesday, Sheriff's investigators obtained six arrest warrants for Ryan Matthew Sims, 21 years of age from Chelsea,; five warrants for Kidnapping first degree and one warrant for Terrorist Threats.{} He remains in the Shelby County Jail and his bonds total $5,015,000.

Sheriff Curry would like to thank our federal law enforcement partners,{}Hoover Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies and Chelsea Mayor Earl Niven for their assistance yesterday.

Sheriff Curry has re-affirmed his commitment to place a deputy in each of the Shelby County schools where the Sheriff's Office has primary jurisdiction.{} Deputies will continue to be present at these schools while students are there to ensure their safety.