South Medford High School was locked down and the nearby intersection of Brentcrest Drive and South Columbus Avenue closed off for about five minutes while police took an intoxicated man with a BB gun pistol into custody just before 11 a.m. today.
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said the man, 23-year-old Steven Waldon, was sitting on the curb near his bicycle with what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol between his legs. A passerby called the police.
Budreau said police responded and told Waldon to drop the weapon. He complied, and police arrested him. They later found out the weapon was a BB gun, which was loaded.
"We're not sure what his motive was," Budreau said, adding Walden does not appear to have any local criminal history, but does have a warrant out for his arrest in California stemming from a minor assault.
The BB gun is not a deadly weapon, but police responded the way they did because of how realistic it looks.
"Honestly, you just can't tell," Budreau said.
— Ryan Pfeil
Correction: The spelling of Steven Waldon's name has been corrected throughout this story.