All clear after gun scare locks down Klamath Falls school

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Police were called to a report of a man with a gun at a school in Klamath Falls Wednesday afternoon.  It happened at Ponderosa Middle School shortly after 1.

Police say a student reported seeing someone removing a handgun from the trunk of a car parked near the campus, and the school was placed on lock down.

Police officers from multiple agencies responded, fully armed and surrounded the school.

Electrician Dan Neubauer was working doing maintenance work when police arrived:  “I was in the gymnasium, and a police officer came around the corner, and leveled a gun on me, and asked who I was – and when he found out I was in maintenance, told me to get out.”

Police cleared the scene around 1:30.

Klamath Falls Police Chief Dave Henslee said, “It appears that the vehicle had left, and the occupants that were with the vehicle were also seen leaving the area – so we’re confident that there isn’t a threat at the school right now.”

Officers still did a thorough search of the school as a precaution and are still working to determine whether or not a gunman was on campus.

Police are looking for an Hispanic or Native American male in his mid-20’s, approximately 5 foot 10 – he was last seen wearing black clothing, and a white baseball cap.

A teacher at the school said the man was seen arguing with a woman.

The man and woman left in a white 4-door Nissan Sentra sedan.

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