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Report of armed man puts Kingston school in lockdown

Union Leader Correspondent

September 30. 2013 9:26PM
A heavily-armed State Police Trooper keeps watch outside Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston Monday afternoon after police responded to the school to investigate a report of a possible armed man on the property. (Jason Schreiber)

KINGSTON — A former Sanborn Regional High School student is facing charges after police responded to the school on Monday to investigate reports that he threatened several individuals with a firearm in the parking lot.

Timothy M. Soucy, 18, of Danville was charged with two counts of criminal threatening following the scare that began around 12:15 p.m. when police from several agencies responded to the school on Route 111.

The school was locked down, and police surrounded the building.

A short time later, authorities converged on Soucy's Danville residence where he and a female were taken into custody.

State Police Lt. Chris Vetter said Soucy is the only person considered a suspect in the incident, and that the female was later released and isn't expected to face charges.

Vetter said police are still trying to determine whether Soucy had a weapon when he was at the school.

"There was an allegation that there was, and we're trying to confirm it," Vetter said.

The investigation continues and additional charges are possible, police said.

A vehicle parked at Soucy's residence was towed away.

School Superintendent Brian Blake issued a statement shortly after 1:30 p.m. to say the situation was under control.

"At approximately 12:15 p.m. ... school administrators were notified of a potential security issue involving a weapon outside of the school building," Blake said in his statement."The school took immediate action by notifying the Kingston Police Department and placed the school into a lockdown," he said. "The Kingston Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, responded, deemed the school to be safe, and determined that no weapon had entered the building."The incident alarmed many parents and students.

Sophomore Joey Thibeau, 16, said it was his first day attending Sanborn High after moving to town.

"It was kind of confusing. We heard the cops and cruisers, and wondered what was happening," he said.

He said students remained in their classrooms with the doors locked."I was concerned, being his first day," said his father, Brian.Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact State Police Sgt. Melissa Robles or Trooper John Kelly at 223-8490.

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