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Domestic violence suspect puts IMS, Island Park into 'modified lockdown'
A "modified lockdown" took place at Islander Middle School and Island Park Elementary earlier this morning in response to news that the Mercer Island Police Department was searching for a suspect involved in a domestic violence case. The suspect was reportedly carrying a knife.
During a modified lockdown, students are locked in classrooms with their teachers for security. Instruction, however, continues as normal.
The district posted news of the lockdown on its Web site.
"At 10:45 this morning, the district was notified that the suspect was seen at the North Mercer Park and Ride and has likely left the Island; consequently, MIPD notified schools to return to normal operations," the notice read.
The lockdown was lifted at 11:45 a.m. when Superintendent Gary Plano was notified that the suspect had been apprehended and booked into the King County Jail. The Reporter will add to this story as news unfolds.