A Porterville man is now behind bars for allegedly threatening to “shoot up” a Clovis school.
Paul Flores was taken into custody Thursday, after authorities said the 34-year-old sent threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend.
He is now here facing felony charges.
“This man had sent a text message and actually called the workplace of his ex-girlfriend who works here in Fresno, threatened to hurt her,” Tony Botti of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies began looking for Flores and his 2004 Toyota Corolla around 8:30 a.m. and quickly learned he had access to firearms.
“The girlfriend receives another threatening message saying that he’s going to go after her son who goes to Clovis High School and he’d be willing to shoot up the school to try to come after him,” Botti said.
“We got an announcement saying that we have a lockdown and it’s not a drill and everybody started getting scared. So we locked the doors and some of the kids hid under the desks,” Hillary Salvatierra a student at the school said.
A notification to parents also went out, reading in part:
“Clovis High is currently on lockdown. This lockdown was called to allow the Sheriff’s Department to conduct an off site investigation in which a threat to a specific student on campus was made.”
“Any parents would be worried. I was actually here, I came right away,” one parent said. She said she left after calling and speaking to school officials and was happy with the way the school handled the situation. “I feel more safe that they did let me know,” she said.
A “Be on the Lookout’ alert was issued to all local law enforcement.
Flores was spotted just before 11 a.m. on Dennett and Echo in Fresno.
“The CHP units our units, Fresno police all converged and were able to take (Flores) into custody without any problems, ” Botti said.
The lockdown was lifted and Flores was taken in for questioning.
Officers searched Flores and his vehicle and did not find any guns. They also said the victim’s son was not in school today.