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

Posted: 4:32 PM, Dec 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-15 18:39:18-05
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CHANDLER, AZ — Officers are investigating after a false report of an active shooter was made at the JCPenney store near Gilbert and Germann roads.

Chandler police officials said officers have cleared the building and have not located a shooter or any victims.

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

According to police, this incident appears to be a hoax and their criminal investigations bureau will be following up on the investigation.

Chandler police said this incident serves as a good example of taking action when you hear or see something suspicious.

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.