Lockouts on Douglas County schools lifted, possible armed suspects not found
LONE TREE, Colo. — Lockouts on some area schools Thursday morning were lifted after a police search for two suspects was unsuccessful.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said deputies and K9 units were investigating the area of C-470 and Quebec Street in search of two suspects in connection with a possible assault – one male and one female.
Authorities tweeted that they were looking for a male suspect with tattoos on his neck and a female, for whom there was no description as of 10:30 a.m.
The Denver Post reports that the suspects were involved in a car wreck and possible assault and both fled the scene.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the suspects were possibly armed and an alert would be issued to citizens in the area of Gleneages and Quebec as a precaution.
Authorities did not clarify with what kind of weapon or weapons the suspects might be armed.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told FOX31 Denver crews as of 11:45 a.m. that they were breaking down the perimeter because the suspects could not be found, though a spokesperson said that the sheriff’s office had some confidential leads.
K9 and special impact units were still working in the area.
Douglas County Schools said that the following schools were on lockout during the police search: Acres Green Elementary, Arrowwood Elementary, Cougar Run Elementary, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Fox Creek Elementary, Lone Tree Elementary, Cresthill Middle and Highlands Ranch High.
A lockout is when staff members are on increased alert and all school doors are locked. During a lockout, normal school activities continue indoors as planned.
The lockouts began just before 10 a.m. and Douglas County Schools said that all lockouts were lifted as of 11:45 a.m.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.