Murrieta CA - At 1:32 p.m. Murrieta Police Officers responded to a call of suicidal threats involving a male with a handgun near Busman Road and Hunter Road. At 1:39 p.m. officers went on scene and placed Rail Ranch Elementary on lock down. Rail Ranch Elementary’s proximity to the call prompted this immediate lock down decision. Officers responded to the school as a pre-caution and remained with students and staff for the duration of the incident.
The call detailed that a despondent male adult in the area was likely armed with a handgun. Officers arrived in the area of Busman Road and Hunter Road within minutes, however, the male had left his residence on foot prior to officer arrival. A very large containment was established. Officers searched the Los Alamos Sports Park, surrounding streets, Saint Martha’s church and several canyons. Officers did not locate the subject during that search.
Officers utilized the Riverside Sheriff’s airship as well as an RSO bloodhound and MPD police service dog during the search operation. At 4:21 p.m. the police department concluded it’s search operation and the school was taken off lockdown. A controlled release of all students and staff of Rail Ranch Elementary was completed by 5:00 p.m. Officers remained in the area as a precaution.
At 5:10 p.m., officers located the subject in question in a dense canyon area in the vicinity of the original call. The subject was confirmed deceased of an apparent self- inflicted gunshot wound. His identity is being withheld at this time. The case is being handled by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office, along with the Murrieta Police Department.
Any questions reference this incident should be directed to Lt. Tony Conrad at 951.461.6309.