Denver Schools Placed On Lockdown While Police Search For Armed Suspects

A number of schools in Denver were placed on lockdown for nearly an hour on Friday as police searched for two possibly armed suspects.

Five schools in the northeastern part of the city were locked down by police as they searched for the suspects, CBS 4 in Denver reported.

The lockdown was lifted after police officers found two suspects in connection to a stolen vehicle. Police said the pair, who both had multiple warrants, fled from the stolen vehicle and into the area near the schools.

The affected schools included Manual High, Loyola Elementary School, St. Elizabeth Elementary, Mitchell Elementary, and Cole Arts & Science Academy.

At the start of the school year the city’s East High School was placed on lockdown for what police called “credible threats.” Michael Vaughn, a spokesman for Denver Public Schools, said the threats were made against the school in general and not any specific student or faculty members.

A separate threat the same day sent students at Manual High home early after being notified of the threat. Police and school spokespeople did not say if the threats at the schools were related.

Friday’s lockdown at Denver schools was lifted shortly before noon, Denver police noted.