CHS, GMMS all clear after brief lockdown

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- Central High School and Grand Mesa Middle School were placed on lockdown briefly early Wednesday afternoon as the Mesa County Sheriff's office looked for a person of interest in the area.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Heather Benjamin says someone called 911 to report a man with a gun outside of the City Market in Clifton.

Out of an abundance of caution, MCSO's school resource officers decided to lock down the two closest schools -- CHS and GMMS -- while deputies searched for the man.

When they found him, the man did not have a gun. They are detaining him to investigate if he had a firearm at some point, but Benjamin says at this point, it looks like they'll release him soon.

The two schools were given the all-clear around 1:10 p.m.

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