SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Authorities figured out Thursday afternoon what a woman saw to trigger a lockdown at nine Central Valley Schools.
A woman told police she saw a suspicious man in dark clothing near 28th and Blake. She then believed she heard shots fired and called 911 around 10:45 a.m. The woman said she saw a white male in his mid twenties, carrying a rifle and shooting it into the ground.
Authorities searched the area for more than an hour and found nobody.
A man later called deputies when he heard the specifics of their search. He told deputies he had been walking to a friend's transporting a paintball gun. He said he took the CO2 cartridge off the gun which made a popping noise. He figured this was what the woman heard when he realized he had walked by her home.
Deputies contacted the man and determined this was in fact what the complainant had heard and that there were no shots of any kind fired.
There were no other calls pertaining to the initial shots fired call according to authorities.
Central Valley School District leaders put nine schools on lockdown as a precaution. The lockdowns were all lifted by early afternoon.