Washington Elementary School went into a brief lockdown Thursday morning while Pendleton police took care of a nearby situation.
PENLDETON, OR - Washington Elementary School went into a brief lockdown Thursday morning while Pendleton police took care of a nearby situation.
Pendleton police say around 11 a.m. Frank Norman Lynn II, 50, walked into Pendleton Woolen Mills, within two blocks of the school, at 1307 Southeast Court Place. Officers say he was carrying a gun and threatened to start shooting people. Lynn then left and officers caught up with him a block away and arrested him.
During this incident police notified school administrators to place the school under lockdown as a precautionary. The lockdown was lifted by 11:17 a.m.
School officials say during the lockdown students were brought in from recess and morning kindergarten students, who were being released, were kept inside the building.
"The safety of our students and staff is our top priority in the District, so we always take these situations very seriously," said Tricia Mooney, Assistant Superintendent. "We have a great relationship with the Pendleton Police Department, and the District appreciates the department's actions to keep staff and students safe, and for the quick resolve of the situation."
Officers booked Lynn into the Umatilla County Jail for disorderly conduct and for an unrelated warrant.