Monterey County Building Placed on Lockdown After Shooting Threat
Monterey County has seen its fair share of violent threats in recent months. On Thursday, less than two months after a man was charged for making threatening phone calls to two county supervisors, Monterey’s Department of Children and Family Services was placed on lockdown amid a shooting threat.
DCFS received a phone call between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. from a man who identified himself as the son of a former employee. He threatened to shoot up the offices located at 1000 S. Main St., according to Interim Administrative Operations Director Kim Petty.
The building was placed on lockdown from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Police responded at 10:00 a.m. but determined there was no active threat. An investigation is now underway and security has been increased around the property.
"We take things seriously, even though it could be someone joking," said Petty (Salinas Californian). "We want to make sure everybody is safe."