Unannounced federal operation in Moab school parking lot puts entire district on lockdown

Unannounced operation by Federal agency in Moab puts full school district on lockdown. Image: Grand County School District building, Google Earth

GRAND COUNTY, Utah, March 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — All schools in the Grand County District were put on lockdown Monday afternoon after a federal law enforcement agency began an operation that was not known to local law enforcement, officials said.

Grand County School District said in a news release on Facebook that officers from a federal law enforcement agency arrived in Moab to conduct an operation at around 2:30 p.m.

“The officers failed to communicate with local law enforcement and instead began to prepare for their operation in a school parking lot,” the news release said.

Law enforcement and educators became aware of the activity and immediately initiated emergency procedures, placing all district schools on lockdown.”

Officers from the Utah Highway Patrol, Moab City Police Department, Grand County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service responded and contacted the federal agents, identified the error and determined that there was no threat to the community, the news release said.

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“Officers maintained communication with the school district during the incident and all operations have been returned to normal,” the statement said.

Grand County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook Monday afternoon:

“FYI. We’d like to thank Grand County School District, Utah Highway Patrol, Moab City Police Department, the National Park Service and our own deputies for their prompt response to this situation to determine there was no threat to the community.”

No further details about the operation were immediately provided.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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