Suspect arrested and Manitoba school placed on lockdown during basketball game

VITA, Man. — Police in Manitoba say a high school was locked down during a basketball game while officers tracked down a suspect accused of making threats on social media.

RCMP say in a news release that officers responded to a report on Friday evening that a former student had posted violent threats towards the Shevchenko School in Vita, Man.

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They immediately placed the school on lockdown, and over the next two hours followed up on tips as they searched for the suspect.

Police say he — and a weapon — were eventually located with the assistance of dogs, although they did not disclose what the weapon was or where he was found.

They say the 19-year-old from the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn faces charges that include possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, uttering threats and possession of a firearm or prohibited weapon when knowing it's unauthorized.

He remains in custody and police say they're still investigating.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2019.

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