Okanogan school goes into lockdown during arrest

OKANOGAN - Students and staff at Okanogan Middle-High School had a 20-minute lockdown this morning while the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office was making a stolen weapon-related arrest downtown.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said his office responded to a report that someone had stolen a gun out of a vehicle in the North Second Avenue-North Third Avenue area.

The owner saw the theft and chased the suspect to Queen Street. A woman, 18, was arrested, Rogers said.

Details and the woman's identity aren't yet available.

Meanwhile, school officials put the secondary campus into modified lockdown. The school is about two blocks from the arrest location.

All students who were outside were brought indoors, and all doors to the building were locked to prevent access from the outside, Middle School Principal Brett Baum said.

"Our staff and students remained calm and carried on their classroom activities," he said.

As soon as officials were notified of the arrest, the modified lockdown was lifted. The lockdown lasted 15-20 minutes, he said.

Superintendent Richard Johnson said the district is fortunate it works closely with the Sheriff's Office, that "good people are in the right places" and that its safety plans worked.


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