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Casper school lockouts were due to stolen vehicle case and police chase

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CASPER, Wyo. — Both Kelly Walsh High School and Verda James Elementary School went on brief lockouts on Friday, Dec. 6.

The lockouts were due to a chase between the Casper Police Department and suspects spotted in a vehicle that was allegedly stolen.

“Shortly after 10:00am today, Friday, December 6th, 2019, the Casper Police Department responded to a call of suspicious activity at the 440 block of East 2nd Street in Casper,” Casper PD said. “The report identified a suspicious vehicle that was quickly confirmed as being stolen.

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“The vehicle also matched the description of a vehicle involved in a hit and run incident from December 5th, 2019. The vehicle fled the scene of the accident last night when officers arrived.”

On Friday, the vehicle was spotted by a Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputy near the Eastridge Mall.

“The driver and single passenger fled the scene on foot,” Casper PD said. “Officers quickly found the suspects and they were taken into custody. During this short period of time, both Kelly Walsh High School and Verda James Elementary School were placed on a lockout out of an abundance of caution. The brief lockout lasted approximately ten minutes.”

“This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available. There is no threat to the public.”