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Schools on lock down while police search for armed suspect

Schools in east Turlock were briefly on lock down on Tuesday morning while police searched for a man believed to be armed and dangerous.

Turlock Police received a call about a family disturbance at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday from a home in the 1300 block of Lyons Avenue. When officers arrived, they were informed a man possibly armed with a handgun left the residence on foot, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

Police then informed Turlock Unified School District and Sacred Heart School about the situation.

At approximately 10 a.m., Turlock High School, Julien Elementary, eCademy Charter and the District Office were placed on lock down in order to ensure student and staff safety, according to Mike Trainor, TUSD's assistant superintendent of business services. At approximately 10:15 a.m., the lock down was lifted, with campuses returning to their normal activities.

Sacred Heart School was on lock down for approximately 20 minutes, according to office manager Fe Dilim.

Both schools let parents know of the situation with automated phone calls.

Upon further investigation, Turlock Police ascertained the suspect left his handgun at home. The police are no longer searching for the suspect and no arrests were made, according to Lewis.