EAST PATCHOGUE, NY (MorichesDaily) — Police responded in East Patchogue where they received reports of a man with a gun near Verne W. Critz Elementary School on Dunton Avenue.
As a result an elementary school was placed on lockdown — and a main road in East Patchogue closed — as police investigated a 911 call reporting a man with a gun in the area Tuesday.
The Verne W. Critz Elementary School lockdown was lifted Tuesday after police found the man nearby carrying a gun.
The weapon was “not operating” and children were not in danger, Suffolk police said.
The man, whose name was not immediately provided by the police, had no apparent intention of harming anyone and appeared to know that the weapon was broken, police said.
He was arrested on a charge unrelated to the weapon, after the Suffolk police responded with Aviation and Emergency Services units.
The initial call, received at 11:36 a.m., reported “a suspicious person” who it “appeared had a rifle” was seen near the Verne W. Critz Elementary School.
A resident observed, from a very far distance, a person crossing the street near Verne Critz Elementary School on North Dunton Avenue.
The resident believed the person was carrying a rifle.
The school went on lockdown status, police said.
The street on which the school is located, Dunton Avenue, also was closed in the area, police said.