Leander High School situation wraps up

This is a photo of a previous police situation near Leander High School, which happened much earlier this year. (Courtesy: Hunter Pontious)
This is a photo of a previous police situation near Leander High School, which happened much earlier this year. (Courtesy: Hunter Pontious)

The morning routine at Leander High School will be back to normal for students at 9:15 a.m. Monday, after a lockdown and two-hour delay to the start of school as police searched for an armed man inside.

Police situation triggers Leander High School lockdown (Dani Guerrero/KXAN)
Police situation triggers Leander High School lockdown (Dani Guerrero/KXAN)

Just before 9 a.m., Leander police said the situation wrapped up, giving the school an all-clear.

Leander police had asked school officials to help the situation by delaying the start of the school day by two hours. Classes for Leander High School will start two hours later, and buses will run on their normal routes at that time.

Leander police had asked that no one drive up to the high school during the lockdown. All students and teachers had been cleared from the school and moved to the field house as investigators searched the school for the armed man.

According to Leander police, two of three suspects are in custody.

Monday morning’s search at the high school stemmed from an incident in Cedar Park, possibly off U.S. Highway 183. Police then got a report that the third suspect was in the vicinity of Leander High School, spurring the search of the school as a precaution.

Still, police made it clear that it was only a possibility that the person — described as a man in a gray hoodie and armed with a handgun — was inside. Police say they do not believe any of the three suspects are students.

Leander ISD spokeswoman Veronica Sopher said very early on in the developing situation that all students and staff at the school — 30 in all — were in the building safe and in a secure area.

Meanwhile, Cedar Park police dealt with a separate incident Monday morning involving a couple of people reportedly shooting out of a car. Police detained both people involved in that situation, and it is not connected to the Leander High School shutdown.

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