Police: Former UO football player wrestled armed person to the ground near Portland school

Keanon Lowe (FILE PHOTO, 2014)

Football coach and former University of Oregon football player Keanon Lowe tackled the person with a gun, multiple sources say.

Posted: May 17, 2019 12:31 PM
Updated: May 17, 2019 3:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — A person spotted with a gun near Parkrose High School is in custody after the school's football coach, former University of Oregon football player Keanon Lowe, tackled him and wrestled him to the ground, Portland police said.

There are no injuries or additional suspects, according to police. Officers responded to the school at 11:48 a.m.

The confrontation between the armed person and Lowe occurred near the school's tennis courts, police said. Officers recovered the man's gun at the scene.

The suspect has not been identified.

At a 1:30 p.m. news conference, a Portland police spokesman said the school was clear.

Students are being reunited with their parents. Students at the reunification area told KGW's Morgan Romero that the armed person was a student.

A parent told The Oregonian students said the suspect intended to use the gun to harm himself.

Parkrose High School was locked down while police methodically searched the buildings.

Nearby Parkrose Middle School was placed in lockout as a precaution. That lockout was lifted at 2:30 p.m. The school will be on a regular release.

Officers began escorting students to a line of school buses around 1:15 p.m. The students will be taken to the abandoned Sears outlet store parking lot, located at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 122nd Avenue, to be reunited with their parents.

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