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West High School on brief lockdown Thursday during police search in area

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 20:39:16-04

West High School in Southwest Bakersfield was put on lockdown for 20 minutes Thursday afternoon.

Police were chasing a suspect in the area after stopping a vehicle on Valhalla Drive around 2 p.m.

Officials chased the driver, who dropped a firearm, on foot and arrested him. The passenger escaped.

The driver was 19-year-old Benjamin Wycuff who was booked into Kern County Jail Central Receiving Facility for possessing a loaded firearm in public, resisting arrest, and participating in a street gang.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call BPD at 661-327-7111.