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December 15, 2018

Cherokee Nation tribal offices and nearby high school locked down after gun threat

November 27, 2018
The Cherokee Nation’s tribal complex (pictured) and nearby Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma were on lockdown for about three hours today after a man allegedly threatened to head there with a gun. (Public Domain)

The Cherokee Nation’s tribal complex and nearby Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma were on lockdown for about three hours today after a man allegedly threatened to head there with a gun.

An e-mail went out to all employees after the threat was made just before 11 a.m., allegedly by a man who became irate at a tag office—which offers motor vehicle, drivers license and other state services—in Catoosa, Oklahoma. He then allegedly said he was heading to Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation’s capital, with his guns.




“Dispatch also indicated that the suspect was wearing camouflage gear and was driving a white truck,” reported the Tahlequah Daily Press from information gleaned over a police scanner.

In the e-mail employees were asked to “remain in their departments with doors locked, until the lockdown is lifted,” reported the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal newspaper. “Employee safety is always our first concern. Communications will keep everyone updated as soon as we can. Water will be brought in and security will be checking on departments if employees need restroom breaks or have other needs.”

The lockdown was lifted just after 2 p.m., according to a reporter for KTUL News.

Cherokee Nation officials were not immediately available for comment. The Cherokee National Marshal Service is investigating, along with other law enforcement agencies, according to reports.

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