False Alarm Puts San Marcos High School on Lockdown

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False Alarm Puts San Marcos High School on Lockdown
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Bearcat and SWAT Team outside San Marcos HIih School (Photo: John Palminteri/KEYT)
Update and below photos by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
4:40 p.m., February 5, 2019

False Alarm at San Marcos High School Highlights Effective Enhanced Safety Protocols

At approximately 9:50 a.m. this morning, February 5, 2019, a San Marcos High School student reported what appeared to be a man with a gun in a parking lot near the gym. The campus was immediately placed on lockdown. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the school within minutes and begin searching for the suspect who was described as a white male adult wearing a grey suit. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support helicopter responded as well as several K9 teams. Sheriff’s deputies secured a perimeter and were assisted by personnel from the UCSB Police Department, Santa Barbara Police Department and California Highway Patrol. The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team and Santa Barbara Police SWAT Team were also deployed.

Sheriff’s deputies worked closely with Santa Barbara Unified School District officials to ensure the students were safe. Within the hour, Sheriff’s deputies were able to contact the male subject and determine that he was not armed. The item he was seen holding was actually a radiator hose. He had innocently pulled into the parking lot when his car experienced mechanical problems. Once it was determined there was no threat, the lockdown was lifted.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to take this opportunity to praise the student who saw something suspicious and reported the incident to school officials right away. Her swift response enabled law enforcement and school administrators to immediately initiate Standard Response Protocols. We also thank the students and staff at San Marcos High School for being calm and for following instructions rehearsed during lockdown drills. This successful outcome is directly related to the practice of lockdown drills.

We are pleased this situation came to a quick and safe resolution and we thank everyone involved for their collaboration and cooperation.

Update by edhat staff
11:30 a.m., February 5, 2019
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office reports a safe resolution to the lockdown at San Marcos High School. 
The suspect allegedly seen holding a gun was actually holding a radiator hose after his car had broken down. The Sheriff's Office reports it was a big misunderstanding and thanks "the student for doing the right thing and reporting incident right away."
Everyone is safe and all law enforcement units have returned to service.

Update by edhat staff
10:30 a.m., February 5, 2019

Around 9:45 a.m., edhat's very own Roger the Scanner Guy reported San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara was being placed on lockdown due to a report of someone seen with a gun.

Law enforcement quickly responded to the scene to search for a suspect the scanner reports described as a white male in his 30's with light brown hair possibly wearing a grey suit and/or khaki's, holding a pistol. The corner of Turnpike and on Hollister Ave have been shut down.

At 10:18 a.m., Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office confirmed San Marcos High School is on lockdown and are investigating a report of a subject with a gun. 

At 10:45 a.m., the Sheriff's Office also confirmed the suspicious circumstances stating a student reported a subject with a gun in the parking lot.  There are no reports of shots fired or any injuries.

Parents are asked to avoid the area since campus is on lockdown while deputies investigate.

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
9:48 a.m., February 5, 2019

Report of a subject with a gun in the 4700 Block of Hollister, subject possibly holding a pistol. San Marcos High School ON LOCK DOWN.

Updated information provided by Roger in the below comments:

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a-1549475008 Feb 06, 2019 09:43 AM
False Alarm Puts San Marcos High School on Lockdown

Please keep that child in school, I do not want them out in public as they are a danger to them self. Also, bring autoshop back to public schools as a mandatory class... is this really our future?

PitMix Feb 06, 2019 02:21 PM
False Alarm Puts San Marcos High School on Lockdown

SWAT has helmets but probably field deputies don't carry them. Hard to protect everything like face and neck but still retain mobility and visibility. Still waiting for robocops.

Luvaduck Feb 06, 2019 12:15 PM
False Alarm Puts San Marcos High School on Lockdown

At the very least, an excellent simulation exercise for coordinating emergency response teams and school. The history of mass murders has soared and it behooves the public to err on the side of caution in this way.

Abc109 Feb 07, 2019 10:23 AM
False Alarm Puts San Marcos High School on Lockdown

No, it's not, and your use of the term "nowadays" means that you are woefully out of touch. There were 24 school shooting just last year that resulted in injury or death. This is not your "good old days," Grandpa. Those are long, long gone.


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