A Casper man is accused of pointing a gun at someone in order to see his kids, which prompted three near-by schools to go into lockdown.

Dakota Hawkins has pleaded not guilty to four counts of aggravated assault and battery, by way of threatening to use a drawn deadly weapon.

Casper Police say in October 2015, Hawkins approached his ex-girlfriend, pointed a BB gun at her, and demanded she give him their children.

He was seen later wandering the neighborhood between 12th and Elm Streets, and when word of the initial incident spread, Casper College, Natrona County High School and Dean Morgan Junior High School went into lockdown.

The five year relationship between Hawkins and his ex-girlfriend ended earlier in the year and no formal custody arrangement had been made.

Hawkins is free on $75,000 bond awaiting trial, and he could face up to 10 years in prison on each charge if convicted.