Lubbock-Cooper West Elementary placed on lock down; lifted at 10am - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/20/10

Lubbock-Cooper West Elementary placed on lock down; lifted at 10am

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Thursday a 2nd Lubbock school in just two days went into lock down mode. From 8:45 a.m. until 10 a.m. the doors at Lubbock Cooper West Elementary School stayed locked while police looked for two suspicious men that a teacher spotted in the parking lot.

The school's police officer tried to question the two men, but one of them took off speeding away from the school. The officer started to chase after that suspect, and the second left in another vehicle.

With the help of Lubbock law enforcement they identified the two men and discovered the one who fled, Domingo Ortiz, had two outstanding burglary warrants. That's when the district decided to lock down the school, but they also tried to keep the kids from noticing that anything unusual was going on. "We try to keep things as normal as possible with the exception we have all the doors locked and entrance to the building is very limited. We have police officers at the entrance as well as other parts of the building," said L.C.I.S.D. Superintendent Pat Henderson.

Police and school officials searched the area and lifted the lock down after they felt confident the men were no longer there.

This comes just a day another lock down at Martin Early Learning Center in East Lubbock. A school volunteer there heard a gunshot and then saw a man carrying a rifle in a field near the school. Teachers took the children inside and locked the doors while police searched for the suspect, but he was never found.

Henderson says he does not think the two incidents are related. Police were not able to catch Ortiz after he ran from the school.

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