Natrona County School District administrative buildings were placed on lockout Tuesday afternoon after a potential sighting of a parole violator who had threatened to “shoot it out” with police, authorities said.
The lockout lasted a little over half an hour and was isolated to the district’s headquarters and surrounding facilities near Interstate 25 in central Casper. There was no threat to district schools.
Casper Police Sgt. Scott Jones said Bryon Drake, a parole violator who law enforcement are looking for, was potentially sighted near the school district’s primary offices Tuesday afternoon. A district employee then reported a person matching Drake’s description in the building’s parking lot, ducking between cars and acting suspicious, Jones said.
The sergeant said police initiated the lockout because Drake had previously made threats toward law enforcement.
A Natrona County sheriff’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a email requesting further details on Drake’s probation revocation. However, Star-Tribune reporting indicates a person with the same name was suspected of walking away from the Casper Re-Entry Center in spring 2017.
Natrona County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Shatto referred inquiries regarding Drake’s parole violation to the Casper Police Department. Police Lt. Jeremy Tremel did not immediately respond to a voicemail requesting further details.
Casper police and Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene and searched and secured district facilities. They did not locate Drake, Jones said. Police presence has increased at the district’s main offices, though a district spokeswoman said there is no anticipated delay for transportation or other district services Tuesday afternoon.
It’s the second time the district’s administrative buildings have been placed on lockout since August.