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Chandler PD: False report of active shooter at JCPenney near Gilbert and Germann

Posted at 2:13 PM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-15 20:35:17-05

CHANDLER, AZ — Officers responded to a false report of an active shooter at a JCPenney store in Chandler on Saturday afternoon.

Chandler police said the incident happened at the store located near Gilbert and Germann roads.

An off-duty Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy was reportedly Christmas shopping in the store and overheard an exchange between store employees about a possible shooter in the store. The deputy advised the employee to contact a supervisor and follow store protocol while the deputy called 911.

Police said officers responded and cleared with the building, but did not locate a shooter or any victims.

Eventually, the all clear was given and the store was re-opened for business.

According to police, the incident was determined to be a false alarm.

Chandler police said this serves as a good example of taking action when suspicious behavior is heard or seen.

This comes a day after a student at Apache Junction High School made a prank call of a reported threat. After a sweep of the school, officers determined there was no emergency.