A man claiming 20 people were in his house armed with guns prompted heavily armed sheriff’s deputies to cordon off a road in Canyon Country Monday morning in what was initially described only as a “probation operation.”
More than half a dozen deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station positioned themselves on Wellhaven Street, east of Crossglade Avenue, with at least two of them pointing long-barrel firearms in one direction.
“We responded to a call for service about 10 minutes after 9 (a.m.),” Lt. Doug Mohrhoff said. “This was for an individual who claimed 20 people were in his house with guns.”
“(The claim) caused us to approach with an abundance of caution,” he added.
About 10:30 a.m., deputies took a man into custody without incident.
“This individual was taken in under the Wellness and Institutions Code,” Mohrhoff said.
The code, commonly referred to by its code number 5150, allows deputies to detain someone considered a danger to himself or others and to bring that person to a facility where they would undergo a 72-hour mental health assessment.
No one was hurt in the Monday morning incident.