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UPDATE: SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS IDENTIFIED

Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Categories: Press Release

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UPDATE: SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS IDENTIFIED
Berry Creek, CA- On March 20, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) announced that through the investigative efforts of BCSO Designated Area Deputies Kenneth Bryant and Matthew Sandquist they were able to determine the identity of the subject seen on surveillance video at Berry Creek Elementary School on March 17, 2019. The subject is a 14-year-old boy who lives in the area. During questioning the juvenile admitted to being on the school grounds and being in possession of a pellet rifle. The juvenile denied any desire to harm anyone or any intent to plan an attack on the school. The juvenile stated he borrowed the pellet rifle from a friend and was using it to shoot at trees and cans. The deputies admonished the juvenile about taking a pellet rifle on school property and explained the concern such conduct can cause. The subject told deputies that his movements were based on reenactments from video games and movies he has watched. The case has been forwarded to Butte County Juvenile Probation for review by a juvenile probation officer. Deputies will continue to monitor the situation, but at this point BCSO does not believe there is an ongoing threat to the Berry Creek Elementary School or its students and facility. BCSO would like to thank school officials for their assistance and cooperation in this matter. The identity of the subject is not being released as he is a juvenile.


Original Press Release:
March 18, 2019
SUSPICIOUS PERSON SEEN ON BERRY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUS
Berry Creek, CA- On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call from a staff member of the Berry Creek Elementary School who reported a suspicious incident that occurred the previous day. The staff member stated the school’s video surveillance showed that around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019, a subject who appeared to be armed with a rifle, jumped the fence and entered the campus. The subject moved around the campus and appeared to be surveilling the location. Concerned that the subject was preparing for a future attack, school officials immediately contacted BCSO.
Six BCSO deputies and a sergeant responded to the school to ensure the safety of the students who were then present and investigate the suspicious incident. Upon reviewing the surveillance video, deputies noted that the subject appears to be a white male, between 15 and 20 years of age. He was dressed in dark clothing and had a large, dark backpack. The subject was armed with what appears to be a small caliber rifle or pellet gun, with a scope attached to it. The subject spent approximately 15 minutes on campus. The subject moved about the campus and appears to be surveilling it from different points.
Deputies checked the area around the school of additional signs of the subject. School officials opted to cancel school activities for the remainder of the day. BCSO is actively investigating the incident and plans to have deputies in the area of the school, while school is in session, until the subject can be identified and located or other security measures can be implemented by the school. Anyone with information about this incident or who knows the identity of the person is urged to contact BCSO at (530) 538-7322.

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