Threat of man with gun that locked down schools not credible, police say

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UPDATE: Police took one person into custody and say there was “no credible threat” that led to the lockdown of four schools.

Here is the news release from the City of Fulton:

On November 12, 2019, at approximately 12:45 p.m., Whiteside County 911 received an anonymous call in which an individual claimed there was a male with a hand gun approaching the Fulton Middle School, located at 415 12th Street.

All Fulton school campuses were immediately placed on hard lockdown. Local and regional agencies were notified and responded accordingly. Following a preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the call originated from a Fulton residence. Law enforcement responded to the residence wherein a person was located and taken into custody. The individual’s identity will not be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the hard lockdown was lifted. Further updates will be made available as details are released. Based on all the information gathered, it is believed that this is an isolated incident and there is no active or credible threat at this time.

The City of Fulton is grateful to our local police department and the neighboring agencies from Illinois and Iowa for the swift and professional response.

EARLIER UPDATE: All four River Bend School buildings went under lockdown today around 12:45 p.m. after the School Resource Officer was informed of a 911 call, according to a release from River Bend School District.

The school remained under lockdown until the police resolved the nature of the 911 call. Normal school activities and classes resumed as scheduled for the rest of the day.

A Fulton city official confirmed that an arrest has been made related to the incident.

No other information is available at this point and the incident remains under investigation.

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