Search for suicidal person prompts lockdown at two Georgetown schools

Two schools in El Dorado County’s Georgetown area were locked down for about 90 minutes Thursday afternoon as deputies searched for a person who was reported to be suicidal and in possession of a gun.

Deputies responded about 10:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of an individual who was described as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The individual, who has military training, was reported making threats and armed with a rifle, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Because deputies had only a general location of the individual’s whereabouts, it took hours to narrow down the possible location to the Georgetown area, sheriff’s officials said.

About 1:30 p.m., two schools in the area were locked down as a precaution. Affected were American River Charter and Georgetown School. By that time, sheriff’s officials said, students at American River Charter had gone home and only faculty members remained at the school.

Parents of children still at Georgetown School were asked not to go to the campus until the lockdown was lifted at 3 p.m.

Sheriff’s officials said the location of the person was narrowed to a property away from the schools. They said schools, students and staff were never in danger.

Deputies were still attempting to contact the focus of the search in hope of providing help, sheriff’s officials said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy