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Deputies, officers surround internet casino with guns drawn, but no armed man found

Law enforcement officers surround an internet café with guns drawn off White Lane near South Union Avenue in Bakersfield, Calif., Thursday morning, Feb. 8, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Steve Mills)

Kern County deputies and Bakersfield police officers surrounded an internet casino Thursday morning after getting a report of a man with a gun.

Authorities say they ultimately didn't find any armed man or a gun at or near the internet casino off White Lane, near South Union Avenue.

Nearby schools were placed on lockdown, and roads were closed. The Sheriff's Office announced shortly after noon that the school lockdowns had been lifted.

Law enforcement officers cleared people out of the internet casino and nearby businesses. About 20 people were detained, interviewed and then released.


Initial reports of a possible hostage situation appear to be unfounded, the Sheriff's Office said.

A deputy said there were no shots fired during the incident, and no one was injured.

Deputies said is it possible the suspect left the scene before they got there. Officials said point there is no threat to the area, as no gun or gunman was found.

"We can't confirm if something happened. Obviously, a citizen was concerned enough to call us, we just can't say one way or another if it happened or not," Sgt. Stephen Wells said.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040.

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