The outside doors of three Blackfoot schools and the district office were locked to prevent any intruder from entering on Thursday.
At 12:41 p.m. the Blackfoot Police Department asked students, faculty and staff at the Blackfoot Sixth Grade Center, Independence Alternative High School, and Mountain View Middle School to “shelter in place."
That tactic is a form of lockdown where the exterior doors are locked, but instruction continues inside the school, said Blackfoot Police Lt. Shawn Hunter. The exterior doors were locked so no intruders could come inside.
The police officials initiated this action because of an incident in the area of North University and East Pacific.
A male subject, later identified as Anthony M. Gonzalez, fled from the scene of a crash and a Blackfoot Police officer pursued him. Information obtained during the course of the investigation, and before Gonzalez was apprehended, led police to believe that Gonzalez may have been in possession of a firearm.
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