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Police: Lockdown lifted at Komatke clinic, Gila Crossing north campus

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:03:33-04

GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, AZ — Authorities say a search for a suspect forced several buildings in the Komatke area into lockdown for several hours Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Gila River Police Department, the Komatke clinic, District 6 service center and the north campus of Gila Crossing near 51st Avenue and Pecos Road were placed on lockdown just before 2 p.m.

Video from our Cliff Castle Chopper showed vehicles from at least two agencies, Gila River and Phoenix police, parked at several locations including a neighborhood and in a wash. The Phoenix Police Department's helicopter was also out circling the area.

A specific reason for the lockdown was not given, though a Phoenix police SWAT officer on scene said Phoenix police were assisting with looking for a violent fugitive who may be hiding in nearby brush.

The lockdown was lifted just after 4 p.m., though Gila River police said the incident was still in progress. Anyone traveling in the area was asked to use caution.

A message seeking further comment from Gila River police was not immediately returned.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 and for updates.