COCC, NW Bend schools closed due to “armed subject”; orientation compass mistaken for a pistol

(Update: video added; police and university say it was an orienteering compass)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Multiple reports of a person pointing a handgun in a Central Oregon Community College classroom prompted lockdowns, lockdowns and a major police call on Thursday afternoon, until what officers determine was a false alarm – someone with an orienteering compass, officers said.

Several people who called 911 from Deschutes County reported at around 3:12 p.m. that a gun was pointed at a busy classroom at the COCC’s Cascade Culinary Institute, Lt. Juli McConkey said in a joint statement from the department. Bend Police and COCC.

Bend Police, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies, Oregon State Police and Redmond Police responded to the school, while the COCC was taken into custody just after 3:30 p.m.

Summit High School and Pacific Crest Middle School have also been placed in SECURE status (formerly known as a lockout, where no one is allowed to enter but, unlike a lockdown, people are free to move in and out).

Claimants gave a description of the person who allegedly had a handgun. McConkey said officers found and contacted the person matching this description on the COCC campus and learned that it was an orientation compass, mistaken for a handgun.

The blockages and blockages lasted for about half an hour.

The text and social media post sent by the COCC around 3:30 p.m. had told recipients to “lock the doors, turn off the lights, stay out of sight. Keep silent, prepare to escape or escape. defend using the Run, Hide, Fight “protocols.

“If you are off campus, DO NOT come to campus until further notice. Please do not call the campus so that we can keep the College phone lines free for emergency communications.

“We will post information on https://www.cocc.edu/emergency as soon as it becomes available and will continue to use this system when we have more information,” the published post concludes.

The COCC update said: “There is no threat and it is safe to move around campus, including in and around the Cascade Culinary Institute,” where the report comes from. .

Dino J. Dotson