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Police take down man with BB gun near elementary school in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Phoenix Academy Elementary was placed on a brief lock-down following the report of a man with a gun seen near the school here Thursday.

At about 7:50 am, Apple Valley Unified School District Police and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a man seen walking with a handgun in the 20700 block of Thunderbird Road.

Jenn Carter was in her car with her 11-year-old son when she saw a man pointing a silver handgun into the air near the elementary school campus.  “The deputy that patrols the school was the first one that responded he jumped out with his gun and got the guy on the ground,” stated Carter.

Apple Valley Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Trumpler told Victor Valley News, the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Calvin Richie Lyons, was walking around with an Air Soft BB gun and school police detained him until deputies arrived and took Lyons into custody.

“He was arrested for outstanding warrants and not because of the BB gun. He was on his way to someones house who was going to buy the BB gun. I think he realizes now it was not a good choice to be walking around carrying a BB gun which appeared to be a handgun to the reporting party who drove by,” stated Trish.

The Apple Valley Unified School District issued the following statement in regards to the incident, “We appreciate our community reporting what they saw to keep our students safe. Apple Valley Unified School District continues to encourage “If you see something, say something,”

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