Reports of a man wearing combat gear near De Leon schools Tuesday forced the district to go into lockdown.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday, school officials received a call from police instructing them to lock down campuses in the district after they received reports of a suspicious man in the area.

The schools were on lockdown for an estimated 45 minutes while police searched the area. Students were released from lockdown just before noon when police officials notified the district that the suspicious person was in custody.

De Leon ISD Superintendent Dr. Dana Marable said police officials spoke with the suspect who was discovered to be a member of the U.S. military. Marable said the man was practicing for a combat fitness test.

"Apparently he got into full gear and came to the track to run, not realizing what worry it might cause," she said. "Thankfully everyone on the police force and the district personnel all acted appropriately and the situation was handled as efficiently as possible."

Marable said the district is looking at the situation as a practice run.

"We are considering this good practice," she said. "Everyone did their jobs to the best of their ability and we are thankful this was just like an extreme practice for us all."