Police say staff immediately called 911. When officers arrived, they began helping to evacuate residents.
“The residents here were fantastic, it was very orderly, it was safe, and we were able to get them to a safe location,” Central Point Police Lieutenant Chadd Griffin said. “Same thing with letting them back in, very orderly, very quick, and very efficient.”
Once the residents were out of the building, police searched all of it, along with the surrounding area.
Oregon State Police also responded, and went through packages that had been delivered earlier this morning. Officers say nothing suspicious was found.
“Given the circumstances, we were taking every precaution and just making sure we checked everything, everything we could before we let everybody back inside,” Lt. Griffin said. “I was just talking to the manager, giving her some additional information to look out for, be aware of in the future, in case this happens again, or they see anything that’s out of the norm.”
The threat affected more than just the retirement community though. Southern Oregon Head Start was in the middle of an event at the park across the street. Mae Richardson Elementary was also affected; teachers kept students inside for recess as a precaution.
Once it was deemed safe, residents and staff were allowed back inside. Police are working to figure out who made the phone call. Officers say that person will face charges.