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UPDATE: Suspect who ran through Pahrump school arrested

Posted at 11:08 AM, Oct 02, 2017


29-year-old Duane Johnson was arrested on Oct. 13 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

He will be taken back to Nye County at a later date. Investigators will interview Johnson about his involvement in the school issues that happened on Oct. 2.


Nye County Sheriff's Office has released mug shot of the man who entered a Pahrump school on Monday.

NCSO says that Duane Johnson, a wanted felon with a violent past, was spotted at Manse Elementary. When deputies approached him, he ran into the school. The school was then placed on lockdown.

During the search, NCSO received a report that there was a man with a gun at Floyd Elementary. Next, they received a report of a man with a gun at Rosemary Clarke Middle School.

Deputies responded to each school and determined that there was no threat.

They were assisted by personnel from Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Department of Parole and Probation, Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue and the Nye County District Attorney's Office.

The sheriff's office is still looking for Johnson. Anyone with information about Johnson should call 775-751-7000.

UPDATE AT 1:15 P.M. OCT. 2

The Nye County Sheriff's Office has posted additional information on their Facebook page.

According to NCSO, they received multiple reports of a man with a gun at a local school. However, no man with a gun was found and all schools have been cleared,

However, deputies from the sheriff's office are still at the various campuses at this time.

A press conference is being held at 4:30 p.m. today about the situation.

UPDATE AT 11:25 A.M OCT 2 

According to the Director of Nye County Emergency Management, there was not a shooting at any of the schools in Pahrump.

The director says that a known felon brought his child to school today. As a result, all of the schools in Pahrump were put on lockdown. Sheriff's deputies are now clearing each school as a precaution.

We are still working to get more information on why parents and others thought there was a shooting.


A shooting has been reported at a school in Pahrump. In addition, public offices in Pahrump have been closed.

It is not known at this time if there are any injuries. The information was provided by the public information officer for Nye County Sheriff's Office.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.