A report of "shots fired" sent several Taos Pueblo agencies into lockdown Feb. 17, but upon arrival on the scene, police discovered no threat, rendering the incident as little more than a drill.
Members of New Mexico State Police were called by Taos Pueblo Tribal Police Chief Gary Lefthand to assist in securing several areas around 4 p.m., including the Taos Pueblo Head Start preschool.
After conducting a search, officers discovered that the shots had been fired by hunters in the surrounding area.
According to New Mexico State Police Lt. Edwardo Martinez, no shots were fired at or in the direction of the agencies that initiated shelter-in-place procedures.
"Three state police officers responded and helped clear," Martinez said by phone this week. "The shots were being fired up in the mountains. No shots were fired at or within the school," he said.
The lockdown was lifted around 5 p.m. No one was injured during the incident.