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Oakhurst Schools On Lockdown As Deputies Locate And Arrest Teen Suspect

OAKHURST – A teenage boy was taken into custody after an incident that prompted a lockdown on three Oakhurst school campuses this afternoon.

At about 12:30 p.m., School Resource Deputy Melanie Hopper was advised by staff at Yosemite High School of a disgruntled male student on campus who may be armed with a weapon.

Deputy Hopper responded to the student’s reported location and when she attempted to approach him, he fled the area.

A foot pursuit ensued, and CHP was called in to assist as the student left the YHS campus. His location was reported to law enforcement by at least one resident as he fled through the surrounding neighborhoods along Pierce Drive and Canoga Drive before eventually being detained shortly after 1 p.m.

Yosemite High School, Oak Creek Intermediate School, and Oakhurst Elementary were all placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure while deputies searched for the subject.

The lockdown was lifted once the individual was apprehended, and there has been no further threat to students, staff or the surrounding area, says the Sheriff’s Office.

A homemade bow and arrow was recovered and deputies are currently investigating the possibility of a second weapon.

The 17-year-old male juvenile, whose identity will not be released, was taken into custody and booked in at Madera County Juvenile Hall without incident.

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