Northbrook School in Mendota was on a brief lockdown just before 10 a.m. today when a staff member heard a gunshot in the neighborhood.
The gunshot occurred when Mendota police euthanized a cat severely injured by a dog in the 1600 block of Illinois Avenue, just a block south of the school.
Principal Beth Wackerlin said the lockdown went into effect immediately but lasted only a short time.
“You go into lockdown and then you get answers,” she said. “We always err on the side of caution.”
The school learned the shot was made by a police officer and lifted the lockdown after just a few minutes.
Police were first called to the area when a witness reported a PIT BULL attacked a cat. The witness described the dog and officers were looking for the animal at press time.