Umatilla County

Man with BB gun triggers Pendleton school lockdown

A number of Pendleton schools were on lockdown or lockouts Friday morning after students reported seeing a gunman walking near Washington Elementary.

Police arrived on the scene minutes later. Witnesses described  Deputies tracked down the person shortly after.

The adult indivudual was carrying a BB gun down Byers Avenue by 3rd Street.

Although Oregon is an open carry state, police condemned the person for “poor decision-making” by bringing an item resembling a firearm near the school.

Friday’s incident was Pendleton’s second school lockdown in a row.

An unknown individual inadvertently dialed an emergency code from Pendleton High School on Thursday. While it turned out to be a false alarm, it triggered a lockdown of all schools in the district.

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