El Mirage Thompson Ranch Elementary locked down; police give all clear

Thompson Ranch Elementary School in El Mirage was locked down for about an hour Friday morning after somebody reportedly noticed a person with a gun close to the varsity services, El Mirage Police Department mentioned. 

Police mentioned they obtained a name from faculty employees round 10:30 a.m. about an armed man attempting to enter the varsity.

According to police, preliminary witness stories mentioned the person entered the varsity’s administration constructing, however police decided statements had been “unsubstantiated.” 

Officers with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and El Mirage and Surprise Police Departments responded to the placement however the suspect had fled the scene, El Mirage police mentioned. 

Police mentioned employees discovered a “suspicious package” on the faculty. El Mirage Police Chief Paul Marzocca mentioned there isn’t a menace right now and the varsity is secure.

Police mentioned technicians had been known as to evaluate the content material of the package deal, which was decided to be freed from explosives. 

All youngsters had been secure and had been anticipated to return residence whereas police investigated. 

Marzocca advised parents and family members to stay away from the school until the school district advises otherwise. 

Three parents, one of whom had a firearm, were arrested at the school campus following the incident, said Lt. Jimmy Chavez with El Mirage police during a news conference on Friday afternoon. 

Chavez said the three parents had become “confrontational” toward police and officers used a stun gun on two of the parents.

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