Lockdown lifted at Arvada schools, police activity continues

Police gather just south of Standley Lake on Feb. 26, 2014.

Police gather just south of Standley Lake on Feb. 26, 2014.

ARVADA, Colo. — Two Arvada schools were placed on lockdown Tuesday morning due to police activity just south of Standley Lake.

Though Arvada Police were not able to elaborate on exactly what officers were doing in the area, they did confirm via Twitter that there was “a situation developing” near the intersection of West 80th Avenue and Simms Street as of 11:30 a.m.

Earlier emergency scanner traffic indicated that officers were searching for a possibly-armed kidnapping suspect in the area, and Arvada Police confirmed around noon that 80th Avenue was closed between Simms and Alkire Street due to a police investigation.

A Jefferson County Schools spokesperson confirmed that nearby Oberton Middle School and Sierra Elementary School were both placed on lockdown, but that the lockdown was lifted sometime around noon.

A lockdown is defined by JeffCo as an effort to “secure the building and safely shelter all students, staff, and visitors inside the school.”

This story will be updated as more information arrives.

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