Highline schools lockdown lifted after suspect detained

The Evergreen Campus and Cascade Middle School were placed under modified lockdown status from 9:35 a.m. to 10:41 a.m. on March 14 while the King County Sheriff's Office searched for a suspect in the North Highline area.

The suspect was detained by deputies. According to Sgt. Cindi West with KCSO, their suspect was stopped near S.W. 116th St. and 16th Ave. S.W. for driving a stolen vehicle. The man, who already had a warrent out for car theft, fled on foot and deputies brought in K-9 units and the Guardian One helicopter to nab him.

West called it a "good team effort" between the helicopter crew, K-9 units and deputies on the ground.

Here is the Highline Public Schools message to parents:

This morning at about 9:35 a.m. we were advised to go into a modified lockdown due to police activity in the area. This is a standard precautionary measure.

At 10:41, we were advised the suspect was detained and it was safe to lift the lockdown.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. During a modified lockdown, students can move about inside the school but not outside. For the safety of both students and parents, we do not alert parents while a lockdown is in progress or allow students to contact their parents by cell phone. This is an emergency management best practice. Police do not want parents to come to school to retrieve their children, because that could put the parent in danger and/or could compromise the police investigation.

Please know that your child’s safety is the central purpose of all our emergency procedures.

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