Police / Fire

County probation office put on lockdown

Social media posts said an individual “threatened to shoot everyone in here.”

The San Benito County Probation Department was put on lockdown Aug. 8, Hollister Police Department and San Benito County Sheriff’s Office dispatches confirmed. The lockdown was lifted at 12:07 p.m.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s office, a male was irate after a disturbance in the parking lot of the District Attorney’s Office and County Probation office. He was overheard saying he was going to get a gun and shoot everyone.

The male was arrested and booked into jail on felony threats charges.

According to a social media repost by Veronica Marie, one of her friends who was inside the building stated someone “threatened to shoot everyone in here!” Responses to that post indicate no one was hurt and the suspect was detained. 

In the comments of the post, there was backlash against those questioning the severity of the situation with comments comparing the probation’s office with babysitters and the suspect to a kid throwing a tantrum. 

The post and comments have since been removed from Facebook. 




Noe Magaña

Noe Magaña is a BenitoLink reporter. He also experiments with videography and photography. A San Benito High School alumnus with a bachelor's in journalism from San Jose State and a Liberal Arts Associate's Degree from Gavilan College. Noe also attended San Jose City College and was the managing editor for the City College Times, the school's newspaper. He also was a reporter and later a copy editor for San Jose State's Spartan Daily.