As law enforcement agents narrowed a federal investigation into a Lewiston man, the resulting manhunt led to a chase Wednesday through the Nez Perce County community and a lockdown at a local elementary school.
Federal agents remained tight-lipped about what charges have been linked to Julian Simpson, 22, of Lewiston, but they did confirm the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lewiston police and Nez Perce tribal officers all took part in a surveillance of Simpson's residence. When authorities tried to make contact with Simpson—who reportedly has warrants issued against him in Oregon and Idaho—he left his home and pulled into a local Burger King where he fled on foot.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports Simpson was running toward Lewiston's Whitman Elementary School. That's when school officials ordered a lockdown and secured the building's front doors.
Simpson was found a short time later hiding in the backyard of a home, but police also discovered a gun Simpson allegedly tossed in some shrubs near the school. Eventually, school was dismissed for the day but teachers were posted at surrounding street corners to help escorts kids home.
The Tribune reports Simpson is being held at the Nez Perce County Jail in connection with "an active federal investigation," according to authorities.