Update 5:30 p.m. Police found no one inside the Creekside Drive apartment where they thought a suicidal gun-toting had man barricaded inside.
Here's the official press release from Lt. Mark Perlite, and it turns out this incident was breaking around the same time as the Rossmoor Wells Fargo Bank robbery:
At 10:25 a.m., officers from the Walnut Creek Police Department responded to the 1400 block of Creekside Drive regarding a male acting strangely. After arrival officers learned that the subject may have been in a nearby apartment, possibly had access to firearms, and may have been suicidal. The Walnut Creek Police SWAT and bomb teams responded and used a robot to gain entry to the apartment, which appeared to be empty. Due to the possibility of firearms being involved, two local schools were put in a lockdown status until the situation was resolved.
2:07 p.m. Claycord.com is reporting that a suicidal man in an apartment along Creekside Drive is what prompted the lockdown at Las Lomas High School and at Murwood elementary, which is across the Ironhorse Trail and South Broadway from the Creekside Drive area.
The Contra Costa Times said the case involves a domestic dispute, and that the girlfriend of the man was able to get out of the apartment, which is the 1400 block of Creekside Drive, just south of Las Lomas High School. The man was still inside one of the units.
The Mayor of Claycord says the department's SWAT team and other emergency responders are all at the scene.
A total of three schools were on lockdown, and that includes my son's school, which is closer to the Rossmoor shopping center, where today's bank robbery occurred.
The Acalanes and Walnut Creek school districts have locked down their schools at least three times in the more than a year for crimes occurring in or near downtown, and that includes the March 2008 home-invasion murder in the Saranap neighborhood and this past October's bank robbery at the Washington Mutual at South Main Street and Newell Avenue.
Whether it was this SWAT response to the suicidal man or the bank robbery earlier today that prompted these school lockdowns, Walnut Creek police are having a pretty stressful day. I hope that this SWAT incident ends without anyone--the police, the man, or anyone else--getting hurt.