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Howe Avenue Elementary locked down after foot pursuit passes through campus, authorities say

Updated: The shelter-in-place at Howe Avenue Elementary School was lifted at 11:35 a.m., the school district said.

Sgt. Tess Deterding said deputies cleared the school as of 11:33 a.m. and that they had refocused the perimeter, but were still “actively searching” for at least one outstanding suspect.

Original story: Howe Avenue Elementary School was placed on lockdown Monday morning after a police foot pursuit passed through the campus, according to sheriff’s authorities and the San Juan Unified School District.

One suspect has been detained and at least one remains outstanding as of 10:40 a.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding said.

“A subject ran through the school,” prompting the lockdown, Deterding said.

The school district said in tweets that the campus was locked down at 10:13 a.m., with the lockdown downgraded to a shelter-in-place order at 10:30 a.m.

Deterding said the foot pursuit started after deputies conducted a stop near the school due to a “suspicious person.” No other details were immediately available.

Deputies still had a search perimeter set up in the area, between Howe Avenue and Bell Street, as of 10:40 a.m., Deterding said.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.