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Update: 'Armed Suspicious Person' Detained Near OPMS and RHS Had Air Gun

The sheriff's department said the incident began and ended quickly.

Updated at 10: 15 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2012

The San Diego Sherif's Department said an "armed suspicious person was detained" near Ramona High School and Olive Peirce Middle School early Thursday morning.

The department said the schools were never on lockdown as the incident "began and ended so quickly."

According to a press release from the department, the incident occured at 7:01 a.m. and ended at 7:09 a.m.on the 1100 Block San Vicente Road. The Sheriff's Communication center received calls of a person armed with a gun walking northbound along San Vicente Road in Ramona and a CHP officer was first to arrive.

The sheriff's department said the road  was closed and communication was established between the CHP officer and the subject. Sheriff's Deputies arrived a short time later. One of the Deputies is a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) and was able to talk the person into dropping the gun. The subject was then safely taken into custody.

The gun turned out to be an air gun and there were no injuries, authorities said.

Some residents on Ramona Patch's Facebook page reported that the person had the gun pointed to his head.

Paula Holopainen sent Patch the recorded call that was sent to parents of students from Ramona Unified School District Superintendent Robert Graeff:

Good morning. This is Superintendent Bob Graeff from the Ramona Unified School District. This morning before the start of school on San Vicente Road about two blocks away from Ramona High School, sheriffs apprehended a Ramona High student who was in possession of an air-soft pistol. The student was safely placed in custody and removed to a secure area outside of Ramona.

The reason for this call is because dozens of students and parents from various schools witnessed the event and rumors have been flying across the school district. To repeat, the student’s weapon was an air-soft pistol, at no time were any students in serious danger, sheriffs and school administrators responded instantly to calls from the community and immediately diffused the situation, and the student is now in custody.

Administrators at both Olive Pierce Middle School and Ramona High are reassuring students this morning of the facts which have come to light and both schools are operating normally for all students.

Thank you for helping us to explain the facts to your family’s children and for maintaining a calm environment within our school community.

Good bye.


Melissa Phy October 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Susan Muniz told Ramona Patch that she was taking her 7th grader to school when she noticed a kid walking down the road with the gun to his head. She ran into the school office to call 911. "it was a very scary situation to see," Muniz told Patch. "I am sad that this young an would even think to do this, as a joke or if he is really suicidal, I hope he gets the help he needs."
greg Chick October 26, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The "Urgent Care" center we have been waiting for many yrs. is promised to include Behavioral health services. I hope like the banner on the fence on main st. saying "delivering our promise" is going to include that promise. (many were made few are going to be built). The survey done 10 yrs. ago showed Ramona needs these services. This incident is one example. Most needs for this behavioral health care are obscured and not openly discussed. The schools are in need of this to help with letting the school focus on education and not being a catch all for such issues. Just doing a random act of kindness daily can have a great positive effect on this in these hard times. I suggest this for everyone, those who are in need of assistance can even help themselves by the good feeling of helping others.

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