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.