School district officials said the Merlo Institute was placed under tight control during the search and the man did not approach any students or classrooms.
STOCKTON, Calif. — A high school in South Stockton was placed in receivership on Thursday as law enforcement searched for a man with a gun who had broken into the school’s campus, authorities confirm .
Officials say the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Eddie Curry, has since been arrested.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday, officers from the Stockton Police Department were alerted to a man possibly armed with firearms in the area of 6th Street and Scribner Street in Stockton.
Officers along with deputies from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office say they arrived in the 6th Street and Scribner Street area and found Curry running away from the officers, prompting neighbors Merlo Institute of Environmental Technology go on a hard lock.
While searching for the suspect, the gunman allegedly jumped onto the school campus and was located by officers, according to police. He did not approach any student or classroom, Stockton Unified School District officials said in a letter to parents.
“The school was quarantined for the safety of all students, teachers and staff. Officers located the man within minutes and discovered he had a gun and 3 others in a bag. backpack,” the letter reads. “The SUSD Public Safety Department worked with Stockton Police to ensure the campus was safe and secure. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority.”
The search prompted a major police intervention in the area which closed some streets. Officers say they recovered four handguns after arresting Curry.
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