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Coconino County Sheriffs Office

This article was updated on Monday, Nov. 26 at 5:00 p.m.

Coconino County Sheriff's Office called for the Special Weapons and Tactics team and other special operations teams to help enter the Calvary Chapel of Flagstaff Monday morning in response to a possible burglary.

At 7:10 a.m., a sheriff's deputy arrived at the chapel on Highway 89N and witnessed the suspected burglar dressed in a black hoodie running into the front door.

The responding deputy and additional units set up a perimeter around the building.

While there was no indication that the suspect was armed, the Northern Arizona Multi-Agency Tactical Team, Arizona Department of Public Safety K9 Unit and a robot with the Flagstaff Police Department Bomb Squad were called to the chapel. The teams waited for the bomb-squad robot to enter and initiate a search of the building for the suspect.

After the robot completed its initial search, the SWAT and K9 Unit completed the search and did not find the suspect in the church. Jon Paxton, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office, said that they brought in the robot to ensure the safety of the people and dogs on the scene.

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"We didn't see a weapon on him when he ran into the building, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't armed," Paxton said. "We took every precaution to make sure that the officers were safe, the K9 was safe."

Paxton said that the agency will release information as the open investigation continues.

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.

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