By NR Staff • 

Sheridan High School locked down

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School was locked down shortly after 3 p.m. today after authorities received a report of a man walking toward the school with a shotgun.

A large contingent of Yamhill County sheriff's deputies and Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to the scene and began searching the high school property for a male subject who was reportedly seen walking toward the gymnasium.

School was not in session as parent-teacher conferences were being held, but the school was still locked down. The gym, which was occupied, was evacuated. Parents and school staff who were in the school were ushered into the cafeteria.

Deputies and troopers searched the school grounds and did a walk-through of the school but did not locate the male subject.

While the search was taking place, a juvenile male witness was interviewed. He described an older male wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans, and carrying what he identified as a single shot shotgun.

During the search of the interior of the school, deputies did locate an older male matching that description. However, he did not possess a shotgun and had not walked through the area. They also learned the information was about 30 minutes old when the Yamhill Communications Agency dispatch center received the first 911 call.

"Both the Sheridan School District staff and my deputies responded quickly and efficiently to search the area for the subject," Sheriff Jack Crabtree said. "Although school was not in session, this was an excellent time to test our critical response plan with the school district."

The sheriff's office is unable to confirm that there was an actual threat and has searched the school property and surrounding area. Deputies will remain in the area until they can follow up and corroborate the witness statement. The sheriff's office does not believe there is a threat to the public.

Anyone with information about this incident should call YCOM's non-emergency number at 503-434-6500.






troy prouty

So is this our future?

Nobody wanting to give up guns and people freaking when guns are sighted?

Similar I guess in thought to a person taking a pic until a child gets in the frame then he becomes a perv.

I saw a person just taking a video (you tube) - people freaked. They don't freak when on camera all day throughout the city. But put some guy there and whamo..

I don't think we want to become this Nation, but we will, like so many things that was not intended for example our now... less social economic mobility etc..,etc...



According to my son and his buddy (SHS students) it was just some dude carrying a stick. High school gossip... take it for what it's worth.


Officers did stop and talk to a youth in a purple shirt who was spotted walking along with a large a stick in his hand. However, the teenage caller reported an older adult male in a brown jacket and blue jeans carrying, specifically, a single-shot shotgun.

Could the original call, supposedly placed 30 minutes after the fact, have been bogus in the first place? Hard to tell, but seems like it could be a possibility.

Steve Bagwell, Managing Editor

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