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Oswego Police Investigate Report Of Man With Gun Near Schools

OSWEGO, NY – City police are continuing to investigate a report of a man with a gun in  the area of Leighton Elementary and Oswego High schools earlier today (Dec. 8).

At approximately 12:15 p.m., officers of the Oswego Police Department were alerted by the School Resource Officer at Oswego High School that a man was reportedly observed on Buccaneer Boulevard in possession of what appeared to be a handgun.

The witnesses further observed the male enter a vehicle parked on Buccaneer Boulevard.

Additional officers responded to the area where they located the suspicious vehicle and subsequently identified several individuals at the scene.

A subsequent on-scene investigation determined that one of the males had been in possession of a BB gun.

At this time, no charges have been filed.

But, the investigation is ongoing.

“I would like to thank the Oswego City Police Department for its quick response. One of our students had seen a suspicious vehicle, reported it to a teacher’s aide who in turn notified School Resource Officer Dan Chamberlain,” Superintendent Bill Crist Said. “Police responded immediately, investigated and discovered a BB gun in the vehicle.”

The schools were immediately locked down and there was no attempt to enter the buildings, the superintendent stressed.

“At no time were any of our students or staff in danger,” Crist said. “Once again the relationship between the Oswego City Police Department and the Oswego City School District allows for cooperative and efficient action when needed.”

According to Police Chief Michael J. Dehm Jr., “The initial response of our officers and the immediate identification of the individuals involved in today’s incident can be attributed to the great working relationship that the Oswego Police Department has with the Oswego City School District. We are consistently working together to provide a safe educational environment for the students and staff.”