Thunder Mountain High School was briefly locked down on Tuesday afternoon as police dealt with a nearby situation. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Thunder Mountain High School was briefly locked down on Tuesday afternoon as police dealt with a nearby situation. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

TMHS locked down briefly after report of nearby gunshots

A suspect was taken into custody, and no injuries have been reported.

A woman was taken into custody following a report of gunshots in the area of Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei Trail near Thunder Mountain High School.

The school was briefly locked down at the request of the Juneau Police Department until they secured the area, said Lt. Krag Campbell in a news release.

“Soon after arriving on scene, responding officers located a 38-year-old female in the area of the trail that was believed to be involved in the shooting,” Campbell said in a news release. “At this time there does not appear to be anyone else involved in this incident and there were no reported injuries. A handgun was located on the female.”

The woman’s name has not been released as no charges have been issued, but JPD is questioning the woman and charges may be forthcoming, Campbell said.

“FIring a gun within city limits like that, there could be a crime there,” Campbell said in a phone interview. “If there’s any determination that she was impaired, that could be something.”

Once the all clear was issued by JPD, regular dismissal procedures and bus activities were resumed and the school went back to its normal schedule for all activities and operations, Juneau School District chief of staff Kristin Bartlett said in an email.

“The activity was not related to the school itself. The school locked its outside and classroom doors and everyone stayed inside while the investigation took place,” Bartlett said. “Parents were informed and First Student school buses held off on going to the area.”

JPD personnel are investigating the case, Campbell said, and an update will likely soon be released.

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