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Hollister Police Department
Thursday September 14th, 2023 :: 01:31 p.m. PDT



HOLLISTER, CALIFORNIA – September 14th, 2023 – A drug investigation on the campus of Hollister High School led to the discovery of a loaded firearm in the possession of a student. The school was placed on lockdown while law enforcement officials searched the campus. There is no longer a threat to the students or staff at the school.
Around 10:30 this morning, a Hollister High School staff member was investigating a disturbance in the area of the school known as the “the 200’s”. During that investigation, the staff member witnessed what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction, and detained two students.
The Hollister Police School Resource Officer (SRO), Officer Rayas, was on campus and was called in to assist. Officer Rayas discovered one of the students was armed with a loaded gun, and requested the assistance of additional officers. Both students were immediately detained both students.
About 21 officers converged on the school, including all on duty Hollister Police units, our administrative staff, investigative staff, three units from the San Benito County District Attorney’s Office and approximately seven from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office. There was concern that additional undetected firearms were still on campus.
Using surveillance systems in place at the school, we identified additional persons of interest and their whereabouts at the school. After following up on that information, we coordinated with school staff to lift the lockdown. Hollister High School officials made the decision to end the school day.
We would like to thank the Sheriff’s Office and SBC DA’s office for their assistance, along with the staff at Hollister High School for their work today. The children of this community are our most important asset and we will always respond in force to ensure their safety.  
Anyone with information regarding these investigations are requested to contact The Hollister Police Department at 831-636-4331. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.
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Prepared by:  B. Leland, Sergeant                                                                
Approved by:  C. Reynoso, Chief

Hollister Police Department
395 Apollo Way
Hollister, CA 95023

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Non-emergencies: 831-636-4330

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