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Orcutt-area man placed on mental health hold following social media threat, officials say

Posted at 12:36 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 15:36:34-05

A man was placed on a mental health hold after making a threatening social media post regarding schools in Santa Maria, officials tell KSBY News.

A spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says someone reported the concerning Facebook post to the Paso Robles Police Department, which notified the sheriff’s office at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say the 22-year-old man from the Orcutt area who made the post was contacted at his home and it was determined he did not have access to firearms, but was, however, suffering from some type of mental health issue.

Mental health experts responded and the man was reportedly placed on a 72-hour mental health hold.

Officials say no specific school was ever targeted.

The investigation is ongoing.