Suspicious person causes lockdown in Flagstaff schools

FLAGSTAFF — At about 8:37 a.m. today, the Flagstaff Police Department received a call from a witness who observed a suspicious person who appeared to be carrying a long gun in the wooded area near Sinagua Middle School at 3950 E. Butler.

The witness stated she was driving on the asphalt road which runs from Butler to Sparrow when she noticed a subject between the ages of 16 and 25 walking out of the cul de sac area just to the east of the school grounds (Foxglen) area.

The witness described the subject as wearing a tan shirt, and a tan back pack and he appeared to be carrying a black or brown long gun. The subject had short or buzzed hair. The witness stated what appeared to be a long gun did not have an orange tip, and she observed the subject pointing the object at trees in the area.

No one witnessed the subject entering any of the schools in the area, but as a precaution three schools were advised of the situation. Sinagua Middle School, Knoles Elementary, and Northland Prep and went into their lock down procedures as a precaution.

Flagstaff Police Officers conducted a search of the schools and surrounding areas and did not have contact with any suspicious persons.