12/04/2015 03:13 EST | Updated 12/04/2016 05:12 EST

Abbotsford School Lockdowns Prompted By Report Of Armed Dispute

The suspects were tracked from a home to Robert Bateman Secondary.


ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are releasing more information about an investigation that prompted brief lockdowns at several Abbotsford schools and a nearly three-hour lockdown at Robert Bateman Secondary.

Const. Ian MacDonald says it began just after 12 p.m. Thursday when four suspects, one possibly carrying a weapon, were involved in a dispute with a homeowner in the northeast corner of the Fraser Valley city.

The homeowner called police, who worked with school officials to lock down several nearby elementary and middle schools, while the suspects were tracked to Robert Bateman Secondary, about two kilometres away.

MacDonald says the four 17-year-olds were found inside the high school and arrested without incident, allowing officials to lift the lockdowns at the unrelated schools.

Investigators maintained the lockdown at Robert Bateman Secondary until 3:20 p.m., to allow searches for a possible weapon and additional evidence.

MacDonald says an investigation is continuing, but weapons and threats charges being considered against the four, related to the dispute with the homeowner.

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