PIONEER, Calif. — A Pioneer man is in custody after he was caught walking behind the back fence line of an elementary school holding a shotgun, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.
Deputies responded after the Pioneer Elementary School’s principal called 911, complaining of a man, now known as 61-year-old Michael Daniel Wilson, walking behind the school with a shotgun. The first deputy arrived on the scene just 6 minutes after the call was placed, a press release says. The school was placed on lockdown, with all students inside and accounted for as deputies established a perimeter around the school until additional law enforcement resources arrived.
Officials were able to contact Wilson via telephone in his home behind the school after students and faculty described him to investigators. Upon being asked, he exited his home to speak with investigators and became immediately confrontational. Deputies said he refused to follow commands, entered his home again, and exited a second time while being verbally confrontational. Despite his resistance, Wilson was safely detained. Two loaded weapons, a shotgun and a handgun, were confiscated from outside of Wilson’s home.
Following his arrest, Wilson admitted to deputies that he was the man who walked behind the school with a shotgun, and said he was under the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol, deputies say. Following the successful drafting of a search warrant, detectives located additional firearms, 25 grams of methamphetamine, and “controlled substance paraphernalia”.
Wilson was booked into the Amador County Jail on a slew of criminal charges including endangering a child, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, being armed during the commission of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.
Following Wilson’s arrest, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office thanked the school staff in a press release.
“The Amador County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Pioneer Elementary Staff and Principal Carmen Glaister for their quick action in reporting the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and enacting the protocol set in place for an incident such as this,” the office wrote. “Their calmness, compliance, and recollection were pivotal in resolving today’s incident swiftly and safely.”