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Schools reopened, suspect in custody

Charles Draughn
Courtesy of Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office

Schools up and down the Roaring Fork Valley are reopened following a valley-long lockout this morning.

Suspect Charles Draughn is being held in the custody of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office on an active felony warrant out of Summit County, a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office states.

According to the release, the Sheriff’s Office was notified Wednesday morning by the Garfield County Communications Authority of an individual who made a threat to a school in Summit County. The individual was believed to be in Pitkin County, and information obtained from law enforcement sources suggested the individual was armed.

All schools in Pitkin County went on “secure” status at 8:50 a.m., according to the release. Location data obtained from law enforcement partners indicated the individual was in the Old Snowmass area. Watson Divide Road and Snowmass Creek Road were closed to restrict the public’s access to Old Snowmass to ensure the public’s safety and to allow law enforcement to operate safely.

The suspect was taken into custody at 10:02 a.m. at an address in the Old Snowmass area. Road closures were lifted at approximately 10:15 a.m.

An email from Aspen School District states the district was notified by police there was a credible threat made against down valley schools that resulted in all ASD schools going into SECURE, meaning doors were locked and no one was permitted to enter or leave the building. Students were made aware they should remain in the building, however “business as usual” remained in the building and students could use the restroom and transition between classes normally.

Law enforcement secured all building entrances and lockdown was in place for approximately 90 minutes, the email states.

Roaring Fork School District was also under SECURE Action this morning, which was lifted according to an email from RFSD Superintendent Jesús Rodríguez at 10:30 a.m..

“We know that situations like this are frightening for staff, students, and parents alike. The safety of students and staff is our first priority, which is why we implement our protocols whenever there is any possible threat to safety,” Rodríguez wrote in an email.

District Public Information Officer Kelsy Been also clarified that schools were not on full lockdown, but were on SECURE lockout status at the direction of local law enforcement. A “lockout” protocol occurs whenever there is a potential threat outside the building, and means students must remain inside but classes continue as normal, whereas a “lockdown” is implemented when there’s an internal threat, she explained.

More information to follow as details are released.


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