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Anonymous Tip of a Gun Investigated at Fillmore High School

Nature of Incident: Anonymous Tip of a Gun Investigated at Fillmore High School
Report Number: 18-177636
Location: Fillmore High School, 555 Central Avenue, Fillmore
Date & Time: 11-13-18 / 1050 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office – Fillmore Patrol, Sheriff’s Intelligence Unit, Sheriff’s Gang Unit, Ventura Police Department, Fillmore Unified School District

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent / City of Residence / Age

The Fillmore Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office investigated an anonymous tip of a gun on the campus of Fillmore High School. After an extensive search of the campus, no handgun was located and the campus was deemed safe.

On 11-13-18, at 10:50 A.M., the Fillmore Police and Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Fillmore Unified School District administration regarding an anonymous tip received by the school. The tip came through an anonymous reporting system set up by the Fillmore Unified School District. The tip provided very minimal information, saying that there was a gun on campus and someone wanted to hurt a student.

Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of the students, district and school administrators decided to place the school into lockdown. More than 50 Sheriff’s deputies worked to verify the information in the tip and ultimately conducted a search of every classroom, student, locker and room at the school. After the three hour extensive search, no firearm was located and the campus was deemed safe.

At the conclusion of the incident, students were released pursuant to school district protocol.

Prepared by: Sergeant Vince Alvarez
News Release Date: 11-13-18
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Garo Kuredjian 805-797-6322
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen