Police catch man with gun in NE Portland, Madison High School put on lockout

Lockout at Madison High School - Photo courtesy Benjamin Kerensa

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 20-year-old man is in custody after a student at Madison High School reported seeing someone with a gun near the campus, prompting the school to go into a lockout Tuesday afternoon.

Initial reports came in at about 12:50 p.m. when a student told staff that they saw a man with a gun near the tennis courts just north of the school.

Responding officers saw someone matching the witness description waiting at a TriMet stop on NE 82nd Avenue near the school. He ran off towards Glenhaven Park and police gave chase.

Officers said they found the man carrying a handgun.

They arrested the man, Christopher Dwayne Washington, and took him to the Multnomah County Jail on gun-related charges.

Police said Washington is not a student at the high school and there was no indication he planned to enter the school.

The high school was put on a brief lockout as a safety precaution. Authorities said the school resumed normal operations at about 1:15 p.m.

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