Shasta Lake, Calif. – The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to Shasta Lake School after they were contacted regarding a possible sighting of a man walking on school grounds with what appeared to be a rifle.
When deputies arrived, they were told by the school’s principal that the man was seen by cafeteria staff early Wednesday morning. The school was put on a soft lockdown after the sighting.
Deputies said surveillance footage showed a man wearing a dark jacket with fatigue style pants walking around the campus with an unknown object that looked like a rifle strapped behind his back.
A CHP helicopter, Cal Fire, and deputies were utilized to secure the campus. After it was determined that no students or staff were threatened, the lockdown was lifted.
SCSO said around noon, deputies contacted 33-year-old Justin Marshall Bauer at Clair Engle Park in Shasta Lake. It was determined that Bauer was at Shasta Lake School earlier that morning looking for recyclables. The item on his back was a walking stick, not a firearm.
Deputies said Bauer was not arrested for the incident, but he was taken into custody on multiple outstanding felony warrants.