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Dry Creek Elementary, District Office Put on Lockdown

The school and district office were placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes Wednesday morning following a pursuit that ended at the school parking lot.

Dry Creek Elementary School and the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District office, both on PFE Road in Roseville, were put on lockdown Wednesday morning, Feb. 22 after a purist ended in the school parking lot.

According to Dee Dee Gunther with the Roseville Police Department, around 8:30 a.m. an auto theft task force was investigating a stolen vehicle on Billy Mitchell Boulevard, when a man, unrelated to the investigation, confronted the undercover officers displaying a handgun. The man led officers on a short pursuit, for less than 2 minutes, that ended at the parking lot at Dry Creek Elementary School.

During the pursuit, a handgun was thrown out the window. Officers later searched and retrieved the weapon, Gunther said.

As a precaution, the school was placed on lockdown, Gunther said.

The driver, 27-year-old Jeffrey Lee Michael Costa of Roseville, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of brandishing a weapon and reckless driving. The passenger was not arrested.

Mark Geyer, Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District superintendent, issued a message to parents Wednesday morning. According to the message, the school and district office were placed on lockdown for approximately 20 minutes.

No injuries were reported, Gunther said.

Lauren Gibbs February 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
On our Facebook page, Sarah said: "Dry Creek teachers and staff did an excellent job of getting students safely and quickly to a classroom. I was impressed with rapid response!" What were your kids reactions when they got home from school? What was your reaction as a parent or teacher?
Samantha McGrath February 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I was in the office when this happened, and yes, it was very quick. Everyone did a great job. I was lucky enough to be with my daughter, so I was able to explain what was happening (as best I could without more info). She said that she was still very scared.
Lauren Gibbs February 23, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Samantha, thanks for sharing. Glad to hear it was handled well at the school.

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