Armed Suspect Causes ‘Shelter-In-Place’ At Bismarck Elementary School
Police in pursuit of an armed suspect on Monday morning led Rita Elementary School to implement a 'Shelter-In-Place.'
At 8:26am, police were called to the 3200 block of East Rosser Avenue in Bismarck to reports of a robbery. The suspect was apparently armed with a handgun and had left the crime scene.
Two Bismarck police resource officers visted Rita Elementary School and did a walk through to ensure that the suspect did not go into the school.
At 9:26am, police determined there was no danger to the school or students and the 'Shelter-In-Place' was lifted.
According to Bismarck Public Schools a 'Shelter-In-Place' occurs when:
There is not an immediate threat to student/staff safety. A shelter-in-place is used as a PRECAUTIONARY measure. Depending on the situation, doors may or may not be locked, students may or may not be allowed to leave the classroom without adult supervision, and people may or may not be allowed to enter/exit the building. Examples: reports of a wild animal in the area, robbery or arrest being made near a school, escaped prisoner in the area, police responding to a domestic dispute, etc.
The robbery victim claimed he was assaulted by police and took a laptop from an apartment building. A person of interest is being interviewed. The investigation is ongoing.