Police: Utah teen arrested after pointing gun at 4 at Canyon View High School

Feb 28, 2023, 5:47 PM | Updated: 10:48 pm

CEDAR CITY, Utah — A teen pointed a gun at four students at Canyon View High School Monday and later assaulted another student before he was arrested during a two-school lockdown.

Cedar City police said the juvenile boy was arrested Tuesday at his apartment on a warrant issued after Monday’s threats and violence. The under-age teen’s identity will not be revealed and a motive for the actions was not disclosed.

According to the statement from Gabrielle Costello, spokeswoman for Cedar City Police Department, the boy was once a student at Canyon View but is no longer enrolled in the Iron County School District. He first showed up at the school parking lot at 12:20 p.m. Monday in Cedar City “pulled a gun, and pointed it at four students.”

Costello said he returned at approximately 1:30 p.m. and assaulted a different student.  Law enforcement leaned who the former student was.

Spokesperson Shauna Lund from the Iron County School District released the following statement:

The altercations did not come to the school’s attention until the end of the school day on Monday when students reported them to the School Resource Officer. A police investigation began at that time. Through subsequent interviews, the timeline and report of a weapon came to light mid-day Tuesday. Under a precautionary measure, the school had an additional police presence on the campus on Tuesday. Once the law enforcement agencies working on the situation had the information and were able to obtain a warrant. Nearby schools were placed in a level 1 lockdown while the police took a male juvenile into custody. A level 1 lockdown means all outside doors of the school are locked and school continues inside. Every action taken by the school was in collaboration with local law enforcement. District administrators appreciate the relationship we have with our law enforcement community and the work that school resource officers do every day in keeping students safe.
Shauna Lund
Iron County School District

“Due to the gravity of the threats and the involvement of a firearm, a search warrant was immediately obtained,” Costello said in a statement. “Due to the proximity of his residence to surrounding schools, Canyon View High School and Fiddler’s Elementary School were placed on a temporary lockdown.”

Police said they found evidence at his apartment in the area of DL Sargent Drive in Cedar City, easy walking distance from the school.

Costello said the arrest was a cooperative effort between her department, Iron County’s Sheriff’s Office, Utah Highway Patrol and Iron Metro SWAT.

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Police: Utah teen arrested after pointing gun at 4 at Canyon View High School