School locks down as deputy apprehends wanted man

HARRISBURG, Ore. - A wanted man led a deputy on a chase before being apprehended on the playground at Harrisburg Elementary School.

The pursuit prompted a brief lockdown at the school. The district informed parents about the lockdown.

"The lockdown procedure was successfully implemented and school was resumed without further delay," the district told parents.

There was never any kind of threat to the school, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

The incident started when a deputy spotted Gerret Dykstra in Harrisburg. Dykstra was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in municipal court on a probation vioation, Undersheriff Bruce Riley said.

Dykstra ran from the deputy, fleeing through some backyards before crossing onto school property, Riley said.

The deputy captured Dykstra after a short foot pursuit. Riley said Dykstra now faces new charges of trespass and escape.