FPD: Actions of staff prevented shooting suspect from entering school

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - The Fairbanks Police Department has released more information on the Tuesday shootingthat thrust a middle school into lockdown. The police report notes that Benjamin James Kameroff Akaran was allegedly seen at the main doors of Randy Smith Middle School, but he was “unable to enter the school” due to the actions of the staff.

In a Friday press release, Yumi McCulloch, a public affairs spokesperson with FPD, stated that police received a call Tuesday around 10:45 a.m. from a man stating his friend had been shot, and reported the suspect had tried to shoot him too. The FPD called two local schools and advised that both be locked down.

"School officials immediately implemented their safety procedures for a potential threat outside the building by locking the exterior doors, clearing the hallways, lowering the shades, and remaining quiet," wrote McCulloch.

FPD tracked the suspect throughout the Aurora subdivision before he was reportedly spotted attempting to enter Randy Smith Middle School. The search continued for the next two hours before Alaska State Troopers detained him at 1:00 p.m. at a Yale Way residence.

FPD commended the staff at Anne Wien Elementary and Randy Smith Middle School for their quick actions in protecting the students and staff from immediate threat.