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Police track down man seen with a gun near Doherty High School this week

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Nov 07, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-08 14:16:24-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police have detained the man who reportedly brandished a firearm at Doherty High School students near the campus earlier this week.

Officers were able to track down the suspect at his home this morning in Colorado Springs. At about the same time, Doherty High School was once again put on a security hold as there was a report the suspect was inside the school again today and armed. CSPD says that the report was a false alarm.

The campus was on a secure perimeter Tuesday as officers searched near the campus for the suspect who reportedly pointed a gun at several students.

According to D11 spokesperson Devra Ashby, a secure perimeter means, "No one is allowed in or out of the building unless they enter the main door, and then they will have to check in at the office. All other doors remain locked, but they are still conducting business as usual inside the building."

The name of the suspect and possible charges for the incident have not been released.


RELATED: How local schools prepare for hazards

Here’s a look at the K-12 Standard Response Protocol used by districts across Colorado, the United States and Canada.

Lockdown: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight

  • Students are to move away from sight, maintain silence, and do not open the door.
  • Teachers are to lock interior doors, turn out the lights, move away from sight, do not open the door, maintain silence, and take attendance.

Lockout: Secure the perimeter

  • Students are to return inside, conduct business as usual.
  • Teachers are to bring everyone indoors, lock perimeter doors, increase situational awareness, conduct business as usual, and take attendance.
  • Evacuate to an announced location.
  • Students are to bring their phones, leave everything else behind, and follow staff and law enforcement instructions.
  • Teachers are to lead the evacuation to the announced location, take attendance, and notify of any missing, extra or injured students.

In the event of a natural disaster:

  • Tornado: Students will evacuate to a shelter area
  • Hazmat: Students will help seal the room
  • Earthquake: Students are to drop, cover and hold
  • Tsunami: Students are to get to high ground

In all of the above situations, teachers will lead the safety strategy and take attendance.
Learn more about how local districts manage campus security:
District 3 Safety & Security

District 8 Safety and Security

District 11 Security

District 20 Safety and Security

District 38 Safety and Security

District 49 Safety & Emergency Overview


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