Gillette,WY Twin Spruce Junior High was locked down late Monday afternoon as a safety precaution after Gillette Police tried to find a 34-year-old man wanted on a felony stalking warrant in the area and had information that he was possibly armed.
Police had information he was in a home in the 700 block of Kendrick Avenue near the school, so they locked it down as a precaution, said Lt. Brent Wasson.
School had been dismissed for the day by the time police blocked off several blocks of Seventh Street with a well-armed presence, but there were extra-curricular activities still occurring.
School officials later bused 70 students who were at basketball practice and extended-learning opportunities to Sage Valley Junior High School at around 5:30 p.m. Parents had already been notified that they could pick up their children there.
Police cleared Twin Spruce by about 5:44 p.m. A student dance scheduled for 7 p.m. has been cancelled.
"We located the individual inside a residence and were communicating with him until he agreed to come out of the residence at about 5:50 p.m.," Wasson said. The man was taken into custody without incident.
People at the Campbell County Courthouse also were notified as a precautionary measure, and asked to leave for home in a direction away from Seventh Street and Kendrick Avenue.
The city of Gillette issued a press release declaring an emergency closure of the Seventh Street/Kendrick Avenue intersection until further notice, asking drivers to use Fourth Street for east-west travel.
Campbell County Emergency Coordinator David King said that several hundred phone numbers in the three-block radius were called using reverse 911 technology. Messages were left warning people to stay inside. When an all-clear is given by police, more messages will be sent out, he said.