Mower County dispatch took a call at approximately 9:53 AM yesterday that an active shooter was at Banfield elementary school in Austin, which immediately went into short-term lockdown.

The call ended with what the dispatcher believed were gunshots in the background and officers from the Austin Police Department and the Mora County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene.

Those initial responding officers did not find that a shooting had occurred at the school and authorities stated that the call was made maliciously in order to generate such a response.

Austin police have also been in communication with the Minnesota BCA about the incident as well.

Jason Brandt – AM 1480 KAUS & Minnesota News Network

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