EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — Three parents have been arrested after a lockdown at an elementary school in El Mirage, Arizona.
According to KNXV, on Friday morning, the El Mirage Police Department received reports that there was a suspicious person on campus at Thompson Ranch Elementary School. The reports said that this person possibly had a gun.
When officers arrived at the school, they were unable to locate the suspicious person but did find a suspicious package in the hallway, KNXV reported.
Friday evening, EMPD confirmed in a news release that a suspect was located and taken into custody. The unidentified suspect is being evaluated by mental health professionals. Criminal charges are pending and no further information has been released.
According to KTVK, it happened around 10:30 a.m. and the building was immediately put on lockdown. Officers and other local law enforcement agencies responded to the school quickly to begin searching the campus and surrounding areas.
A bomb squad was called into the school to check the suspicious package and “deemed it safe,” according to KTVK.
During the lockdown, multiple parents were distraught and tried to go into the school to locate their children, EMPD told KNXV. Officers tried to get the parents to calm down but at least three of them continued to try to get into the school. EMPD told KNXV that officers used a Taser on two of those parents and one of the parents was also allegedly armed with a gun.
One parent is hospitalized from injuries from the Taser, according to KNXV. Three adults will be facing charges for pushing officers and attempting to an enter a school while it was on lockdown.
The lockdown was lifted hours later after EMPD determined that there was no threat, according to KNXV.
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