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Police determine an inebriated man fired shots into the air just after noon on Friday.

Reports of shots fired near the Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center in Newberg prompted officials at a nearby university to advise its students to take cover for several hours on Friday afternoon, Oct. 22.

The dust-up, Newberg-Dundee Police Chief Jeff Kosmicki said in a release, emanated from a "highly intoxicated" man who fired several shots into the air from outside his home in the 1800 block of Orchard Drive at about 12:20 p.m.

"Officers arrived and set up a perimeter but did not hear further shots in the area," the release said. "Officers talked to witnesses that stated a male came out of a residence and fired several shots into the air, but then they lost sight of the suspect. … Officers were able to contact the suspect by phone, but he appeared to be intoxicated and refused to come out of the residence."

Officers decided at that point to err on the side of caution and restrict contact with the man, whom they declined to identify.

"Taking all things into consideration, NDPD officers attempted to de-escalate the situation and leave the area instead of trying to make an arrest at this time," the release said. "All foot and vehicle traffic were shut down in the area for over two hours as officers worked through this call."

NDPD officials said reports had begun circulating on social media that there was an active shooter situation in the area, "but those reports were false," the release said, adding that the department hasn't received any reports of injuries from the incident.

Word of the shots fired prompted campus public safety officials at George Fox University to advise its students through a message system to take action.

"All of you should have received a text and email alerting you to this report and asking you take shelter," a message from Brad Lau, vice president of students, said. "Our protocol in these situations is to send out a FoxAlert asking students and employees to take shelter and to continue to do so until we receive the 'all clear' from law enforcement."

The all clear came about 90 minutes later.

"At 3:25 p.m., we were notified by law enforcement that the situation was resolved," Lau said. "We believe the incident was restricted to a local off-campus resident not related to George Fox, but have been provided with no official details at this time."

The university suggested students feeling unsettled or upset by the incident access the university's Health and Counseling Center for counseling sessions, or to speak to a faculty or staff member or university pastor.

Kat Ricker, a spokesman for the CPRD, said none of the employees at the aquatic center heard the shots fired nearby, but did follow NDPD guidelines and locked down the facility for a time before receiving the all-clear from police.

"We were locked down from about 1:15 to about 3:15 p.m.," Ricker said. "We then resumed normal operations. No one heard shots that I am aware of. All of our staff and patrons were safe."


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