Aloha HS placed on lockdown

A broken rear window on a 2001 Mazda Tribute. On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, a teacher walking through the parking lot of Aloha High School in Beaverton, Ore., heard a "loud pop" and then saw a broken window on this SUV. He assumed that the vehicle had been shot out, which prompted a school lock down. Investigators later determined that the window had shattered accidentally. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
A broken rear window on a 2001 Mazda Tribute. On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, a teacher walking through the parking lot of Aloha High School in Beaverton, Ore., heard a "loud pop" and then saw a broken window on this SUV. He assumed that the vehicle had been shot out, which prompted a school lock down. Investigators later determined that the window had shattered accidentally. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

ALOHA, Ore. (KOIN) — Aloha High School was temporarily locked down Wednesday morning after a teacher mistook a what appears to have been an SUV’s shattering window for a gunshot.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies at Aloha High School investigating a shots fired report that was later determined not to be true. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies at Aloha High School. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

According to Sgt. Bob Ray, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, sometime before 7:30 a.m. deputies were dispatched to a report of possible shots fired in the vicinity of the school.

Kevin Sutherland, Director of Public Safety for the Beaverton School District, told KOIN a teacher walking through the main parking lot heard a “loud pop,” saw glass on the ground and then a vehicle leaving the scene. He went into the school’s office and reported that a vehicle had possibly just had its window shot out. The school was placed on lock down as deputies responded and investigated. However, they determined there was no threat and lifted the lockdown by 7:50 a.m.

Ray later reported that the driver of the vehicle, a 2001 Mazda Tribute, contacted deputies a short time later to report the incident. According to Ray, deputies examined the SUV and found burn marks from the electric current on a rear window defogger that was taped together. They determined that is what may have caused the window to break. They discovered no criminal activity.

The glass was cleaned up and there were no injuries, Sutherland said.

Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.

 

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