A Porterville man who threatened to shoot up Clovis High in connection with threats against his former girlfriend was stopped in Fresno’s Tower District on Thursday morning and taken into custody, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
He was identified as Paul Flores, 34. Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said that Flores faces charges of stalking and making criminal threats. He was booked at Fresno County Jail and his bail, with enhancements, is set at $1 million, Botti said.
Botti said the former girlfriend reported receiving threatening texts about 8:30 a.m.. More texts at 9:15 a.m. threatened to go after the girlfriend’s son at Clovis High and “shoot up the school,” causing authorities to put Clovis High on lockdown.
Deputies learned that Flores drove a 2004 Toyota Corolla and had access to firearms. A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew, sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers and police made a traffic stop on Flores’ car at East Dennett and North Echo avenues and took him into custody. Authorities searched the car but didn’t find any guns.
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Clovis Unified emailed a message at 10:33 a.m. detailing the situation:
“Clovis High is currently on lockdown. This lockdown was called to allow the Sheriff’s Department to conduct an off-site investigation in which a threat to a specific student on our campus was made. In order to allow for law enforcement to conduct their work without interference from regular school activities, the campus will remain on lockdown without students being allowed off campus or out of school buildings until law enforcement completes their work. To support the school, Clovis Unified and City of Clovis police officers are on campus. Our campus is secure and students are safely indoors. “
The lockdown was lifted a short time later, according to an email from the school district at 11:05 a.m.