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Medford Middle School Locked Down

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A man carrying a shotgun runs from police in the direction of a Medford middle school, but police say no one was hurt, the school was safe, and one person is arrested in connection with that incident.

It all happened near McLoughlin Middle School on Monday. Police say they got a call Monday of a suspicious person carrying a shotgun in the neighborhood around McLoughlin Middle School. When police arrived, the man took off running, and headed in the general direction of the school.

The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution. Police say the person ditched the gun as he ran, but they say no one ever went on to school property. A short time later, a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the incident. Police say because everything happened in neighborhoods around the school, it was better to have the school take steps to keep safe, just in case.

“We’re always going to err on the side of caution, so we had the school lock down in case the suspect entered the McLoughlin School campus, we wanted to make sure the kids were going to be safe. It turns out we don’t think he ever entered the campus,” explained Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police recovered the shotgun. They say the gun may have been stolen, along with several other items from a home on West 10th Street.