Ex-Oregon football player stops gunman at school

Portland Police Arrest Person Carrying Gun Near Parkrose High School

Portland Police Arrest Person Carrying Gun Near Parkrose High School

Former University of OR football player Keanon Lowe is being credited with tackling a suspected gunman on the campus of a Portland high school, according to the latest reports from police. A police spokesman said the suspect was being interviewed on Friday afternoon.

Keanon Lowe, who is now a football and track coach and security guard at Parkrose High School, told reporters as he was leaving a police interview late Friday that he was exhausted but relieved at the outcome, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Police said no one was hurt in the incident and that there are no additional suspects.

A Portland, Oregon high school is being evacuated after a man armed with a gun was wrestled to the ground by a staff member. "Our officers were very close, including school resources officers".

Lowe was named Defensive Player of the Year in Oregon as a high school student and went on to play four years as a wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks.

Portland police responded to the call of a man with the gun at the high school just before noon Friday morning.

They said Lowe, the school's football coach, was able to tackle and get the man to the ground before anyone was injured.

The student didn't point the gun at anyone, Alexa Pope said. Students are safe. Suspect in custody. Lowe averaged almost 15 yards a catch in 2014, the year OR went to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game and lost to Ohio State.

Yakots also said that there is no evidence the gun was ever fired at Parkrose, and that PPB's Gun Violence Reduction Team will be handling the investigation. According to a Parkrose High School Facebook post, the school is now in lockdown and all students are safe.

The high school was placed on lockdown while police searched the area, leaving anxious parents, many of whom said they spoke to their kids during the lockdown to confirm their safety.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update this article as details emerge.