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Tortolita Middle School lockdown lifted

Posted at 12:05 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 19:14:25-05

Pima County Sheriff's deputies lifted a lockdown it placed on Tortolita Middle School Wednesday.

The lockdown was lifted shortly after noon.

According to Deputy Cody Gress, deputies were looking for a suicidal man in the area whose cell phone pinged near campus.

The school is at 4101 W. Hardy, is in the Marana Unified School District.

PCSD has no confirmation whether or not the suspect was armed.

The school placed this message on its website:

As a precautionary measure,  the Pima County Sheriff's Department has requested Tortolita Middle School to implement our Lock Down emergency procedures. This request is in response to a situation which officers are responding to in the surrounding community. Please know that all students are accounted for and the campus is secure. 

 In order to ensure that students and staff follow all guidelines associated with our emergency procedures, parents are requested to not contact the school or their child. Also, please do not come to the school since students will not be released while emergency procedures are in effect. 

 We will continue to follow the direction of the Sheriff's Department and will keep you informed.

 TMS School Administration