Courthouse on Truxtun reopened after possible reports of gunman in the area

Man arrested for false reporting of an emergency

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The courthouse located at 1415 Truxtun was locked down for approximately 11 minutes Friday, according to Sergeant Joe Grubbs from the Bakersfield Police Department.

Reports of a possible gunman behind the Central Receiving Facility in downtown Bakersfield came in around 5 p.m., according to Ray Pruitt from the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Grubbs said there was no indication that there was a man with a gun, but there was a report of a subject walking through with a tire iron on his way to change a tire.

KCSO deputies cleared the courthouse and BPD officers cleared the exterior of the courthouse. 

Bakersfield police said they arrested 36-year-old Johnnie Moore for false reporting of an emergency. He was booked into the Kern County Jail.

One of the officers said he recognized the name of the person who called 911 and said Moore was arrested the previous day for public intoxication.

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