Saturday, May 25, 2013
Wrong Man Stopped at School Lockdown
The armed man detained in the parking lot of Fort Wainwright's Arctic Light Elementary School on Friday morning was not the same man that triggered a lockdown at the school.
Original article posted Sept. 8, 2010
FAIRBANKS - The armed man detained in the parking lot of Fort Wainwright's Arctic Light Elementary School on Friday morning was not the same man that triggered a lockdown at the school.
The man, who had several firearms in his vehicle, including a shotgun and a rifle, was cited for violating post policy and released. The firearms were registered and had been secured for transport.
For privacy reasons, the name of the man, and whether he is a civilian or enlisted is not being released, Fort Wainwright spokeswoman Linda Douglass said.
"Essentially he was in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.
However, Fort Wainwright police have determined that the man they contacted outside the school is not the armed man they were anonymously tipped off about at around 10:30 a.m. Friday nor have authorities released a description of that man.
"Currently, investigators are developing leads into both the identification of the suspect and of the individual who brought the tip forward," Douglass said.
The initial report put Arctic Light Elementary School and surrounding buildings into lockdown for about three hours as about 20 law enforcement officers, including some from the Fairbanks Police Department searched for the suspect.
Under Alaska law, it is a misdemeanor to possess a firearm on school grounds without the permission of a school or school district administrator.
Civilians and military personnel are required to register firearms with the post before bringing them on to Fort Wainwright. Soldiers and civilians are prohibited from carrying weapons on post but are allowed to transport guns to authorized firing ranges, hunting areas or their homes.
The person who made the original call or anyone else with information about the case is asked to call 361-TIPS (361-8477) or visit the Fort Wainwright police department.
Contact staff writer Chris Freiberg at 459-7545.