Man carrying scrap metal prompts school lockdown

Lassen County Sheriff’s deputies responded in force to reports of a man carrying two rifles near Janesville School prompting a school lockdown about 7:46 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, Jan. 30, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Ultimately, investigating officers determined there was no threat and the person, later concluded to be a 52-year-old man carrying scrap metal, was released.

Wednesday morning, dispatch was notified of a man walking north in front of Janesville School carrying two rifles, and wearing a skull mask, brown hat, sunglasses, backpack and a large brown coat.

The deputies “immediately responded in force,” according to the statement.

Prior to their arrival, an eyewitness reported seeing a person matching the description walking on the shoulder of the road about a quarter mile past the school carrying what appeared to be a black rifle in the low and ready position with a blue-sleeved object sticking out of the back of the backpack.

When the person heard the approaching sirens, the witness alleged the man attempted to leave the roadway and take cover behind bushes.

However, deputies shortly made contact with the man and discovered he was carrying a piece of scrap metal, about 36 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.

Deputies questioned the man and searched the scene.

According to the statement, deputies determined the man did not pose a threat and he was released.

The sheriff’s office congratulated Janesville School staff for their quick response issuing a lockdown order ensuring the safety of their students.

The Susanville Highway Patrol and the Janesville Fire Chief also responded to the incident.