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SWOSU lockdown due to domestic violence - Suspect not in Weatherford anymore

Updated: 7 days ago

SWOSU students remained in the classrooms during lockdown. Photo: Johannes Becht

By Johannes Becht

News Editor

Empty SWOSU campus during the lockdown. Photo: Johannes Becht

A case of off-campus domestic violence on Monday at 11:38 a.m. has caused a lockdown for the SWOSU campus as well as for East and West Elementary school in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Doors were shut immediately across campus, lights went off, and students were hiding under the tables in the cafeteria.

SWOSU PD was patrolling the campus. Photo: Johannes Becht

SWOSU PD patrolled campus to make sure everybody is safe.

Suspects flees to Hydro

The Weatherford Daily News reported that the incident happened at 800 block W. Davis. A female showed signs of physical injury. The suspect is possibly armed and fled the scene. A short time later, the suspect’s cell phone was pinged south of Hydro.

At 12:27 p.m., the lockdown was lifted.

Weatherford police station after the lockdown was lifted. Photo: Johannes Becht

Weatherford PD as well as surrounding police departments keep looking, but haven't confirmed an arrest yet. After the lockdown was lifted, more and more police cars were seen returning to the Weatherford police station.

Professional behavior

Stuents, faculty, and staff behaved very professionally during the lockdown. "No too many students, everything went well," Radonna Sawatzky, Director of Food Services at SWOSU, said. Jamie Thomas, supervisor at Duke's Diner, said the lockdown was conducted immediately. She reported that only about 10 people were eating in the cafeteria at the time of the lockdown.

This is the second lockdown at SWOSU within 6 months. In October 2020, a lockdown was issued after a shooting at Campus North apartments.

Video from the arrest of the Campus North shooter:

This is a developing story.

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