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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responds to local high school on call of a gun in the parking lot

NARRATIVE: DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – On March 10, 2022, at around 9:22 am, dispatch received a call stating that there was a male in the parking lot of Rock Canyon High School, possibly armed with what appeared to be a rifle.  The caller also stated they believed they heard 3-4 popping sounds. Rock Canyon High School is located at 5810 McArthur Ranch Rd, Highlands Ranch CO,  in unincorporated Douglas County.

The information was relayed to the school resource officer as well as responding deputies. The school was put on “lockdown” status. Within minutes, over 25 law enforcement personnel responded to the school to investigate the incident as well as provide a safe and secure environment for the students and staff.

Deputies were able to locate the person, a 17-year-old male student at the school, outside of the school.  A toy pellet-type gun, which utilizes water-type pellets, was recovered. The parents of the student were immediately notified and are cooperating with the investigation.

The school was put back on normal operations shortly before 10:30 am.

No other information is available at this time.