A Lemoore high school student was arrested Wednesday after allegedly saying he was going to “shoot up the school,” the Lemoore Police Department said.
Around 12:20 p.m., the Youth Development officer was advised of a student at Jamison High School threatening to “shoot up the school,” the Police Department said.
The officer investigated the incident and started to look for the juvenile student who was no longer at the school.
The Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing team assisted the school officer by searching for the suspect and patrolling the areas around the schools.
When they were unable to locate the suspect, the team responded to the student’s residence and conducted a search for any possible firearms available to him, the Police Department said.
No firearms were located at the suspect’s residence, nor was any evidence located that would indicate the threats the suspect made were going to be carried out, police said.
At the time, the suspect was not located at his residence. A notice to surrounding agencies was put out for the suspect in an attempt to expedite his apprehension.
The suspect was located and detained by the Hanford Police Department around 11:45 p.m.
The Lemoore Police Department responded to Hanford and took over the arrest.
He was booked in the Kings County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of making criminal threats.
The 17-year-old’s identity will not be released due to his age.