A gun scare Thursday afternoon that triggered intense police activity and had Netflix’s Hollywood headquarters on lockdown for a period of time was prompted by a called-in threat from a recently fired Netflix employee, KTLA reports, citing lot security and police.
“The man, who was taken into custody but ultimately released without charges, was never actually on the lot, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im,” KTLA reports. “No gun was found when the person was taken into custody, Im said.”
The incident took place at the 11-acre Sunset Bronson Studios lot, where Netflix and KTLA are located along with other media facilities. A disgruntled Netflix worker who had been fired Wednesday reportedly called in a threat to a former co-worker, claiming he had a gun and was on the Hollywood lot, “ready to take action.”
“KTLA employees were alerted that they were on lockdown about 4:26 p.m., and were advised to avoid windows. Soon after that, aerial video from Sky5 showed people being led out of Netflix’s Cue building in the middle of the lot,” KTLA reports. “Shortly before 5 p.m., police said the suspect had been detained.”
The report notes that about a dozen LAPD vehicles responded to the scene.