According to Devils Lake Police Chief Keith Schroeder, the Central Middle School (CMS) went into lockdown Wed., Dec. 12, at approximately 3:30 p.m., following reports of a man with a gun walking by the school.
Schroeder said by the time police arrived on the scene the man was gone. However, on a hunch Schroeder went to Gerrell's Sporting Goods Store to determine whether the store's staff had seen the man. They confirmed that the man had been there trying to sell a rifle.
Schroeder said police located the individual at his home and spoke with him. He said "no crime was committed as the weapon was not concealed and that nobody was in any danger" and that the situation "was an unfortunate set of coincidences."
A message issued Wednesday afternoon by the officials with the Devils Lake Public Schools read, “Good Afternoon Parents, at 3:35 p.m. today Central Middle School Administration received a report of a person carrying a weapon by Central Middle School. All schools in the district went into an immediate lockdown and remained there until the alleged threat was cleared by the chief of the Devils Lake Police Department.
The alleged suspect has been identified and the Devils Lake Police Department continues to investigate this incident. We would like to thank the community for their quick response to this incident and helping to ensure the safety of all. If you have further questions please contact Devils Lake Public Schools Superintendent Mr. Scott Privratsky.”
Privratsky was out of town during the incident and not available for comment Thursday morning, however, Ryan Hanson and Josh Johnson were the administrators who were on site and handled the situation as it presented itself.