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Lane County deputies respond to reports of alleged armed person near Creswell High School

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Lane County Sheriff's Office

CRESWELL, Ore. -- Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies say an intense search did not turn up any reason for concern after an allegedly armed individual was reported near Creswell High School Thursday afternoon.

According to the LCSO, at about 3:39 p.m. on January 19, a Creswell School District employee called the sheriff’s office to report that a person was laying in the grass near Creswell High School and may have been armed with a gun. The LCSO said the employee told them that they had heard about the subject second-hand from another employee, and chose to report it to the sheriff’s office.

The LCSO said several deputies responded to the area and began an intense search with all available resources, including a drone. Deputies also said they reviewed a surveillance video that showed a subject matching the description of the suspect walking onto and off of the campus, but no weapon was seen in the video. After an extensive search, deputies had found no evidence of the subject’s presence. LCSO officials said there is not any ongoing threat to the public.

On January 20, LCSO deputies said the person in this incident had been idnetified. Deputies said the suspect was in fact an elementary school-aged child, who was playing with a realistic-looking toy gun when the incident was reported. There is still no threat to the public, and the LCSO said Creswell School District staff have gotten in touch with the child's family.

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