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Sunnyvale man arrested after making false active shooter report

A Sunnyvale man was arrested Tuesday night after he made a false call to police stating there was an active shooter at Shoreline Amphitheatre. 

Around 6:10 pm on June 1, MVPD dispatch received a call that had been transferred from CHP where man had called and stated there was an active shooter somewhere at the Amphitheatre, located at 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. The caller did not provide specific information on where the alleged shooter was, or what the person may have looked like, and hung up before dispatchers could get further information. Nevertheless, patrol teams immediately responded to the area and began to conduct a thorough investigation.

While patrol teams methodically searched the area, additional follow up was conducted to see where the call came from and if the caller had any additional information. The call was able to be traced back to a home on Hamlin Court in Sunnyvale. In conversation with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, we learned the caller was a Sunnyvale resident, identified as 36-year-old Anthony Herrera. At the time the call regarding the active shooter was made, Sunnyvale DPS was also responding to a report of domestic violence at Herrera’s home.

After an intensive search, and with no further reports of an alleged shooter, Mountain View officers were able to confirm there was no validity to the call and that there was no threat to the public.

In Sunnyvale, Herrera was ultimately confirmed to be the same man who had made the false call to police regarding the active shooter. He was subsequently arrested by Sunnyvale DPS for corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, false imprisonment, resisting arrest, violating a restraining order and for making a false police report.

Media inquiries regarding the search at Shoreline Amphitheatre can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at

Media inquiries regarding Herrera’s arrest can be directed to Captain Hank Syu at 408-730-7143.