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North Central Idaho High School Locked Down As Police Deal With Armed Suspect

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A tense police drama not far from a rural Idaho high school triggered a lockdown Dec. 10 in the Nez Perce County community of Lapwai.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports Nez Perce County sheriff's deputies and officers from the Nez Perce tribe locked down Lapwai High School on Thursday, one block from a home where a wanted man had locked himself in a bedroom, allegedly with a shotgun.

Law enforcement added the male suspect was also wanted on a warrant for drug possession and probation violations. When police said the suspect was not responsive during negotiations, they decided to put the school in lockdown. That's when officers removed hinges from the door behind which the suspect was barricaded. The suspect had, by then, passed out. Police also recovered a shotgun from the scene.

Families of students at Lapwai High School were contacted at the time of the lockdown and when it was lifted, according to the Tribune. 

The suspect, David Wilson, 27, was booked into the Nez Perce County Jail on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting police, three probation violations and possession of drug paraphernalia.