Hoax gunman call causes schools to lockdown Friday

The Trumbull Police Department wants help identifying a female caller who reported a gunman in the area of Trumbull High School at 10:38 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25 and caused three of the district's schools to be placed in modified lockdown for 30 minutes that morning.

According to a press release, police dispatch received an emergency call from an unknown female caller who said that there was a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt carrying a long gun near the school's property on Strobel Road.

The police said the caller was disconnected before any additional information was given.

In addition to THS, Hillcrest Middle School and Daniels Farm Elementary School were place in a temporary lockdown as police checked the area for the suspect.

"Nothing was found and the schools resumed normal activities," said Lt. Leonard Scinto.

The release noted that this was the second type of hoax call they had received that week. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, police responded to the Home Depot on Monroe Turnpike in response to a female caller who reported that there was a man with a gun outside of the business. Nothing was found in that case, too, Lt. Scinto said.

He added that police the caller in each case "appears to be the same person," that has not been confirmed. The police have not identified any persons of interest in either case as of Monday morning.

Lt. Scinto warned that the hoax calls put the public and police in danger.

Trumbull cops are asking for the public's help in identifying the female caller. Anyone with information about the calls has been asked to call the department at 203-261-3665.