The 2,600 students at the school were placed on lockdown after 9 a.m. when police received a call that a rifle had been stolen from a home in the 3100 block of Spencer Highway.
The caller told police a man stole the rifle and stated he needed it to for an act of revenge on a Rayburn High student whom he believed had stolen from him in the past. According to police, he told the homeowner he planned to use the rifle at the school or at the student’s home.
Pasadena Independent School District Superintendent Kirk Lewis said officers converged on the campus and the school was immediately placed on lockdown.
City police then spotted the car, using the description from the tipster, and officers surrounded that car in the 900 block of Hector Street, approximately one mile from the school. The man was arrested and the gun was recovered. He was caught before he could get to the school.
The lockdown was lifted around 10 a.m. after police conducted a room-to-room search of the school, standard practice in such situations.
Reports say police plan to interview the man and file charges Wednesday. The armed man’s name and age were not released, but the district said he was not a current student.