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NEW DETAILS: YPD says homeless man sent school into lockdown


Police say man had BB gun but did not threaten students or staff

UPDATE: 2:10 PM

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Yuma Police Department (YPD) has released more details on an incident at Centennial Middle School that put the school on lockdown.

YPD says officers just called to the school just before 10 Friday morning, where they say they found a 24-year-old homeless man in a field north of the campus.

School staff told officers they'd seen what they believed was a gun tucked inside his waistband. They placed the school on lockdown as a precaution.

YPD confirms the man did have a gun, but it was a BB gun, not a firearm. Officers say at no time did the man threaten students or staff.

Officers arrested the man and booked him on misdemeanor offenses. Per our editorial policy, KYMA.com will not identify this man, or release his mug shot until he has been formally charged with a crime.


UPDATE: 12:08 PM

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - We're getting new information on an incident involving a gun at a Yuma school Friday morning. The Crane School District now tells KYMA.com staff at Centennial Middle School actually discovered, and recovered, a BB gun.

The Yuma Police Department (YPD) says officers have charged the man with criminal nuisance.

Stay with KYMA.com, News 11, and CBS 13 for more details on this developing story as they become available.


ORIGINAL ARTICLE: 11:12 AM

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Yuma Police Department (YPD) arrested and charged a homeless man with disrupting an educational facility Friday morning.

Centennial Middle School staff says it all began at 9:46 a.m. when they saw a man walk onto the football field. That's when a school lockdown started and police were called to the campus.

While questioning the man, officers saw a gun fall out of his pocket. After thoroughly checking it, police determined it was a BB gun.

The YPD confirms officers then arrested him. He has been charged with the disruption of an educational facility.

Police clarified that the school is not in any immediate danger.

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