Lockdown at Chandler schools lifted following police situation


by azfamily.com


Posted on May 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 6 at 4:22 PM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The lockdown at five schools was lifted at about noon on Monday following a police situation near Ithica Street and Chandler Blvd.

It started at about 8:30 a.m. when someone reported to police that a woman with an arrest warrant was at a home in that neighborhood, according to police spokesman Seth Tyler.

An officer who was responding spotted a van leaving the area and believed it was connected to the call.

As the officer tried to pull the van over the driver fled. The officer did not follow or chase the van.

A short time later, two witnesses called 911 to report a male with a rifle or shotgun exited a van in a trailer park near Erie and Hamilton Streets.

One witness said the male fled west to a home at the 300 block of north Delaware Street.

The other witness said the male entered a trailer in the complex. A perimeter was quickly established at both sites.

The Chandler Police Department's SWAT team was called out to clear both residences. Nobody affiliated with the initial event was located in either vehicle. The van and a dark-colored passenger vehicle were seized from the trailer park. The person with the rifle or shotgun was never found.

This investigation is still open and has been assigned to detectives. 

Lockdown at Chandler schools lifted following police situation


Chandler police responding to reports of person with gun, 5 schools on lockdown

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Chandler Police Department is currently responding to a call in the area of Erie St. between Delaware St. and Hamilton St. for reports of a person armed with a gun.

Witnesses said a male subject exited a vehicle in the area with a gun, according to police spokesman Seth Tyler.

This subject was not threatening with the weapon and police are currently searching for him in the area.

Chandler High School, Galveston Elementary, Frye Elementary, St. Mary Basha Catholic, and Chandler Christian Academy are all on lockdown.

This is an active scene.