EL PASO, Texas (KTSM)- The El Paso Police Department says an unidentified man made a false 9-1-1 call this morning about harming himself and a threat to local schools, which led to an emergency response.
Authorities say an ongoing investigation is underway to find the unknown caller and that making a false emergency call to police is a criminal offense.
“In this case, the offense would be a state jail felony,” a press release from the El Paso Police Department says.
The police are asking the public to reach out to Crime Stoppers of El Paso if they know the identity of the caller.
An incident that started in Central El Paso and extended all the way to Northwest El Paso, spanning two school districts, two college campuses, and a handful of other learning facilities, appears to be over.
KTSM received the following statement shortly before 1 p.m. regarding the morning’s lockdowns and search:
After an all-morning ‘lockout,’ officials with El Paso ISD announced shortly before noon that it had been lifted, as they shared via Twitter.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Canutillo ISD officials placed their entire district on lockdown, as a result of the earlier-reported “suicidal suspect on drugs with a weapon.” By 11:30 a.m., district officials lifted the lockdown order, saying all were safe at the district.
Earlier Thursday morning, University of Texas at El Paso authorities issued an alert notifying students about a “dangerous situation.”
Authorities told KTSM they are taking precautionary measures after El Paso Police said a “suicidal suspect on drugs with a weapon is on his way to UTEP, shelter in place.” The alert was issued at 7:08 a.m.
KTSM is in close contact with officials. UTEP Officials added the following:
“During a lockdown, students, faculty and staff should not come to campus until an all-clear has been given.”
All schools in the El Paso High School feeder pattern including, Mesita Elementary, Lamar Elementary, Wiggs Middle School and Armendariz Middle School, have been placed under a ‘lockout’, according to E.P.I.S.D spokesperson, Gustavo Reveles.
Reveles adds that they are sending additional police units to those schools and students arriving will be escorted by officials.
The Rio Grande El Paso Community College and Young Women’s Leadership Academy is also under a ‘lockout.’