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Pennridge lockdown


What began as a domestic incident in East Rockhill Township last week, ended in a lockdown of Pennridge High School, according to authorities.

Pennridge Regional Police went to the 600 block of Campus Drive at approximately 11 a.m. on June 7 after receiving a report of a domestic incident. But, officials said, before police arrived at the home, one of the residents left the house carrying two swords and was walking down a path on Branch Road.

As the incident took place close to the high school, authorities put the school on lockdown, as law enforcement searched for the sword-wielding man.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution,” Pennridge police said in a statement. The department thanked the students, staff and families for their understanding during the lockdown.

Following a two-hour ground and drone search, the man was taken into custody in the vicinity of Minsi Trail and Schwenkmill Road, officials said. He was taken to St. Luke Hospital’s Upper Bucks Campus for a mental health evaluation.

Police said the man is facing charges related to the incident.