Police: Wasatch High School cleared after wildlife employee euthanizing deer leads to lockdown

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HEBER CITY — Wasatch High School has been cleared as safe after a perceived threat led to a school lockdown on Thursday morning, officials said.

Emergency dispatchers reported about 11:30 a.m. that police were clearing the scene.

The perceived threat was actually a civilian technician from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources who had responded to the area to euthanize an injured deer, according to Heber City police.

The technician responded to a routine service call for a deer with a broken leg that was located in the backyard of a home near the school, according to a statement from DWR spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley.

The technician notified emergency dispatchers upon arriving, but did not specifically say they would be outside of the DWR vehicle with a firearm, she said.

"We are reviewing the incident and internal policies and practices to determine what led to the miscommunication and subsequent law enforcement response," Heaton Jolley said in the statement. "We regret any distress this may have caused students, administrators and parents."

According to a Facebook post from Wasatch County School District, school is proceeding as scheduled and students are secure in classrooms.

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