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News Release
Possibly Armed Subject reported near Creswell High School - 01/20/23

*UPDATE* 01/20/23 

The person involved in this incident has been identified as an elementary-aged child from the Creswell area.  The child was determined to have been playing with a realistic looking toy gun when the incident was reported.  Creswell School District staff have been in contact with the child’s family and there is no on-going threat to the public. 


On 01/19/2023 at approximately 3:39pm, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received information from a Creswell School District employee that a person was laying in the grass near Creswell high school and possibly armed with a gun.  This information had been passed second-hand to the employee, who then reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies quickly converged on the area and began searching for the involved person utilizing available resources to include a drone.  The subject, described as a white male in his teens or early twenties, was observed wearing an orange hat, camo jacket, and black pants.  He is thought to be about 5’05” tall with a medium build, and long dark hair.  The weapon was described as possibly being a rifle. 

Deputies reviewed surveillance video that shows a subject matching the suspect description walking onto and off of the campus.  A weapon was not observed in the surveillance video.  Deputies extensively searched the area and the subject was not located. 

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