AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Law enforcement agencies were called to the area of 49th and Maverick on a situation in southwest Amarillo on Friday afternoon.
Officials with the Amarillo Police Department said a call came in about a possible active shooter in the area behind Richard Milburn Academy, prompting a large police response to the area.
Officers were seen staged in southwest Amarillo at 49th and Maverick following the call.
Lieutenant John Call with APD said several officers responded, entered the school, and then secured it before starting a search of the perimeter to try and find any suspects. He said there was no credible threat found and no evidence of shots fired.
Sgt. Carla Burr with APD said a person was found in this case but no criminal offense occurred and no arrest was made.
Lt. Call said these active shooter calls create massive responses from all available resources not just from APD, but also from county, state and federal officials.
“We have a protocol that we set up, where it’d be a staging area entering into the location, setting up a perimeter to allow areas, bringing in medical resources, having them stage in an area in case we do run across any casualties,” said Call. “But we are trained and prepared to address these issues and these threats.”
Sgt. Burr said their officers train regularly to stay ready for these calls.
“We try to think of every possible scenario, and respond accordingly to kind of put our officers through thinking, you know, if you encounter this, and then here’s all your options,” she added. “So we go through it and practice it, and do it often.”
Lt. Call added that if anyone believes that there is a credible threat, they should call the police and they will investigate. He said they take each of these calls seriously until they can investigate and downgrade the situation.
The Amarillo Independent School District released an alert this afternoon notifying parents that Bonham Middle School, South Georgia Elementary, and Western Plateau Elementary were placed into a brief secure. Officials said it was due to the call at Richard Millburn Academy.
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