Authorities say the lockdown of two Kimball schools on Friday came in response to a gunman threatening to attend high school.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began around 11:30 a.m. when it received a report of a domestic disturbance in Southside Township, about 7 miles southeast of Kimbell. The person reporting the disturbance said a 43-year-old man left the scene on foot and said he would be going to Kimball High School.
The sheriff’s office said the man was armed and possibly suicidal.
Authorities contacted officials at Kimball High School, and that site and the elementary school were placed in a soft lockdown while law enforcement searched for the man.
Sheriff’s offices located him still in Southside Township at 12:49 p.m. and said he was arrested without incident. The man, from Maple Lake, was incarcerated in the Wright County Jail.
Read the original story from the previous Friday below.
Two schools about 15 miles outside of St. Cloud were placed under quarantine on Friday, in what authorities said was a precautionary measure.
Kimball High School and Kimball Elementary School were closed after the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said it received investigative information from Wright County officials, the sheriff’s office told Bring Me The News.
“Based on this information, and as a precautionary measure, Kimball High School and The Kimball Elementary have been placed under quarantine,” the sheriff’s office said, noting that there was never a threat against a school, or a member of staff or students.
District Superintendent Erik Widvey told Bring Me The News that he received an alert from the sheriff’s offices in both counties around noon, saying to go locked up as a “precaution” due to a “situation unfolding.” is produced in Wright County”.
“There was no threat to students or staff,” added Widvey. “We have been released from lockdown…and we are continuing with our school day.”
At 12:51 p.m. Wright County “located the individual they were looking for” and the lockdown ended, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said.
Scanner traffic indicated that the incident may have involved an armed individual, but this has not been confirmed. Bring Me The News will update this post once we have more information.
The high school and elementary school are less than 1 mile from each other.