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Reports of Woman with Knife near Fire Lake Elementary Prompt Lockdown

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:11:58 PM AKST   Updated On: Dec 13 2013 02:05:47 PM AKST
Reports of Armed Adult near Fire Lake Elementary Prompt Lockdown

Anchorage police are investigating reports from students at an Eagle River elementary school, currently on lockdown, that they were threatened by a female with a knife outside the building Friday afternoon.

According to Anchorage School District spokesperson Heidi Embley, two students at the Fire Lake Elementary School at 13801 Harry McDonald Rd. reported seeing an armed individual near their physical education class, which was being held outside the building.

APD spokesperson Dani Myren says police were told, in reports just after 1 p.m. Friday, that the armed individual was female.

"Initial reports are that there was a firearm and a knife, and that was changed to a knife," Myren said. "At this point we're following up on reports of threats."

While the students’ reports haven’t been corroborated by anyone else, Embley says the school placed itself on lockdown as officials tried to ensure all students are safely inside, followed by a stay-put mode. APD's Twitter feed said that both orders had been lifted as of 2 p.m. Friday, with police still on scene to investigate the incident.

Channel 2’s Amberia Hill contributed information to this story.

This is a developing story. Please check and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.