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Suspect in custody after lockdown at Jamestown High School

An 18-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon following a lockdown at Jamestown High School over a report the man had a handgun outside the school, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

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Multiple law enforcement agencies respond to a call Thursday in northeast Jamestown and took an individual in custody after a report that a person had a gun on Jamestown High School grounds but did not enter the building. The school was on lockdown for about an hour. John M. Steiner / The Sun

An 18-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon following a lockdown at Jamestown High School over a report the man had a handgun outside the school, according to the Jamestown Police Department.

The Jamestown Police Department was notified at 2:06 p.m. Thursday that the man was seen reportedly with a black handgun near the main doors of the school.

Jamestown High School and all area schools were immediately placed on lockdown, said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools. Two Rivers Activity Center was also placed on lockdown.

Law enforcement responded to the school grounds but did not locate the suspect there. School officials provided officers with the identity and home address of the suspect.

At 2:20 p.m., the 18-year-old man was located at a residence in northeast Jamestown and detained without incident. A black airsoft handgun was recovered from the residence. An airsoft handgun looks like a real gun but shoots plastic or rubber BBs, said Lt. Robert Opp of the Jamestown Police Department.

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The man, who was not identified by police, was transported to the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center for questioning. He was being held for suspicion of terrorizing as of Thursday afternoon, but the investigation is ongoing, according to Jamestown Police Department.

The lockdown of Jamestown High School, area schools and the Two Rivers Activity Center was lifted around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, according to Lech and law enforcement officials. An automated message from the school detailing the situation was also delivered to parents around that time.

The Jamestown Police Department was assisted by the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, North Dakota Parole and Probation and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation in responding to this incident.

“The district is thankful for the immediate response from Jamestown and Stutsman County law enforcement to ensure the safety of all students,” Lech said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

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