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Schools locked down after threats reported at Placerville-area college campus

Area schools were placed on lockdown early Wednesday afternoon after the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting an individual at the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College claiming to have a gun and threatening to blow up the college.

Sheriff’s deputies and Placerville police officers responded to the Placerville-area campus, and the nearby El Dorado County Office of Education, Charter School and Indian Creek Elementary School were placed on lockdown following the 1:05 p.m. call. The college campus and area school campuses were searched for suspects, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

At 1:20 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy found a male at the college who somewhat matched the description of the person who made the threat, and at 2:18 p.m., another male at the college was detained by deputies as the investigation continued.

Sheriff’s officials said there were no reports of injuries nor indication that any threat had been carried out, but law enforcement officers checked the parking lots, buildings, students and staff members at the college and area schools.

Parents were asked to wait in the Green Valley Church’s parking lot on Missouri Flat Road until the search was completed and each campus deemed safe. To avoid interfering with the searches and allow them to be more quickly completed, parents were asked not to drive to the schools. Sheriff’s officials said a deputy waited with the parents to keep them informed.

The lockdowns were lifted at 2:40 p.m.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.