Sheriff: Property auction led to Paulding courthouse threat, lockdown

Threats regarding a property auction that was to take place at the Paulding County courthouse prompted a lockdown Tuesday morning, authorities said.

About 10:18 a.m., the Paulding sheriff’s office received information that a person made threats related to the property auction, Deputy Donny Pace said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The courthouse was locked down for precautionary reasons, and the lockdown was lifted about 11:23 a.m. There were no injuries during the incident.

Officers have made contact with the person who made the threats at an off-site location, Pace said. The investigation is active.

Tuesday's courthouse threat was not the first one in metro Atlanta. In 2013, an Acworth man was arrested after he allegedly made a threat to the Cobb County courthouse on the same day his former home was on the auction block.

Tommie Milan Boleman Jr. was charged with making terroristic threats, disrupting a public meeting, false public alarm, false statements and obstruction.