A man spotted with a handgun triggered two Richland schools to lock their doors Thursday afternoon.
People reported seeing Austin Baluska, 21, in the 2000 block of Mahan Avenue with a gun and investigators believe he was trespassing at the time, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.
Officers contacted Chief Joseph Middle School and Sacajawea Elementary School about the potential threat.
The lockdown was lifted about a half hour later when they were unable to find him in the area or at a home where they believed he was heading on the 2000 block of Newcomer Street.
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He is described as a 6-foot-8, 220 pounds.
Anyone with any information on him is asked to call 509-628-0333 or 911.