C-I School District, Cambridge PD release statements regarding soft lock down Wednesday

The following is a statement from District 911 Superintendent Dr. Ray Queener:

On Wednesday, May 7, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Cambridge-Isanti School District received information from law enforcement that there was a known suspicious individual present in the city of Cambridge.

As a precautionary measure, all Cambridge Schools, District Office, and Area Learning Center went into a modified or soft lock down where all exterior doors are locked and all students remain in the building. All other activities went on as normal.

At 1:45 p.m. the district received the all clear from law enforcement and resumed normal activities.

We take student safety and security very seriously and wanted you to be aware of this incident and that we took the precautionary steps to ensure student safety.  All schools will dismiss at their regularly scheduled times.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the district office at 763-689-6188.

The following is a statement from Cambridge Police Chief Tim Dwyer:

On May 7, the Cambridge Police Department received information from the Pine County Sheriff’s Department that they were investigating a domestic related threat incident that occurred within their county.

The suspect in the incident had made threatening comments that he intended to do harm to specific people that were known to him and was possibly in route to Wyoming, Minn. Additionally, the suspect was believed to be armed with multiple firearms. The Pine County Sheriff’s Department was able to use the suspect’s cellphone to determine that the suspect was in the area of Emerson Street North and First Avenue East (Highway 95) in the city of Cambridge in his vehicle.

Upon receiving this information, units from the Cambridge Police Department and the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office immediately began to canvass the area relayed to us by the Pine County Sheriff’s Department; this in an attempt to locate and apprehend the suspect.

Due to the nature of the call and relative proximity of the suspect to local schools, the Cambridge Police Department made the decision to contact officials at School District 911 to put them on alert. In a cooperative effort to ensure that all necessary steps would be taken to safe guard students and staff from any chances of danger, school buildings in the immediate area were put into soft lock down. It should be noted that there was no information indicating the suspect intended to go to any of the schools, so our actions were strictly to error on the side of safety.

As law enforcement continued to check the area for the suspect, we received information from the Pine County Sheriff’s Department that the suspect was no longer in Cambridge and was instead being tracked back in Pine County. Lock down information was sent out via the school alert system after the all clear was given, which generated several calls to the Sheriff’s Office.

Citizens should be reassured there is no public safety threat present in our community and the matter is being resolved in Pine County.

This case is being investigated by the Pine County Sheriff’s Department and all calls relating to this can be directed to them at 320-629-8380. Any questions about the response of the Cambridge Police Department or the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department to this call can be directed to Chief Timothy Dwyer or Sgt. Shawn Machin at the Cambridge Police Department at 763-689-9567.