Many of the students weren’t even aware it was occurring, but Monday (August 30) afternoon officials at Lyons Elementary and Lyons Middle/High School
instigated a “soft” lockdown at the schools, because of a police action that was being conducted in the Riverside/Raymond area. SWAT teams from Boulder County, Larimer County, and Longmont, acting on a tip from some hikers, were searching for a “heavily armed” suspect who may have been conducting a marijuana grow operation on Forest Service land in the area west of Lyons.
About two dozens officers were involved in the operation. The Boulder County Drug Task Force asked for helicopter assistance from the Air National Guard, but that request was denied because of high winds and unsafe flying conditions. The suspect who fled the area was described as an Hispanic male, 5-feet 6-inches tall, approximately 150 pounds, and he was believed to be armed.
A little after noon, school officials were advised by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to take precautions. A few minutes later, the doors to the building were locked; nobody was allowed to enter the building, and the students were not allowed to go outside for lunch or recess. A call went out to parents advising them of what was taking place, and at approximately 2:20 p.m., just a few minutes before the regular end of classes, the “soft” lockdown was lifted, and students were released for the day.