Update: Western Dakota Tech On Lock Down While Rapid City Police Search For Fugitive
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City has canceled classes for the rest of the day after the nearby search for a Pennington County fugitive led to a lockdown at the school Tuesday afternoon. According to their Facebook page, classes are scheduled to resume as normal on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Rapid City Police Department posted on Facebook this afternoon that despite rumors, there was “NO active shooter threat to Western Dakota Tech,” and described the lockdown as precautionary. They said that students were safe.
A Special Response Team had been working in the area to search for 23-year-old Saul Crowe, wanted for burglary and possible involvement in a shooting, who was believed to be in a trailer home in nearby Brookdale Estates.
The investigation is ongoing.
Original Story – posted at 3:44 p.m.
Western Dakota Tech is currently on lock down for precautionary measures. Rapid City police got a tip that 23-year-old Saul Crowe, the city’s most wanted fugitive, is located at a trailer home near the area. Because Crowe exhibits violent behavior, police advised the school to go on lock down.
Crowe is currently facing two warrants: A Pennington County warrant for an early September burglary. The burglary occurred after Crowe fled from an investigation into drug activity. During the foot chase, Crowe dropped a pistol, along with a loaded magazine for the pistol.
A federal warrant for a supervised release violation related to unlawful possession of a firearm.