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Rapid City police officers search around a home Wednesday afternoon on East Fairmont Boulevard after a suspect fled from an apartment complex two blocks away and hide from police. 

Chris Huber, Journal staff

Grandview Elementary School was placed on secure status for around an hour Wednesday afternoon after a suspect fled from Rapid City Police officers near the school.

Officers stood, assault rifles in hand, on the street corners of the residential developments along E. Fairmont Boulevard around 2:15 p.m. as more than 10 police cruisers and sport utility vehicles surrounded the area.

“Given the perimeter’s proximity to Grandview Elementary, we thought it would be good just as a precaution to put the school on secure status,” said police spokesman Brendyn Medina in a Journal interview.

While on secure status, children on the playground are called inside, but indoor activities are not interrupted.

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Two suspects were handcuffed outside an apartment in connection with the search in the Driftwood Estates development on the corner of E. Fairlane Drive and Elm Avenue, a detective at the scene confirmed.

Medina said he didn't know why officers were searching for the suspect.

Contact Samuel Blackstone at samuel.blackstone@rapidcityjournal.com

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City reporter for the Rapid City Journal

City reporter for the Rapid City Journal.