New Milford were put on lockdown as a precaution while authorities searched for him 24-year-old Andrew Pardo, authorities said.
Officers responding to an argument at a Princeton Street home just before 11 a.m. were told that Pardo "indicated he was suicidal and had just left with the shotgun in his possession,"Police Chief Frank Ramaci told Daily Voice.
"According to witnesses, Pardo was operating an older model pickup truck with New York license plates," he said.
"Although Pardo never made specific threats to anyone other than himself, New Milford public and private schools were notified as a precautionary measure, and school lockdowns were initiated," the chief said.
Surrounding law enforcement agencies also were notified, he said.
Authorities pinged Pardo's cellphone and were able to track his 1971 pickup truck, which was stopped on Route 80 in Roxbury Township around 12:20 p.m., law enforcement sources told Daily Voice.
Pardo, who claimed to have 20 rounds in a shotgun, became disturbed after an argument with his girlfriend, they said.
The gun was recovered and Pardo was taken to St. Claire’s Hospital in Denville, Ramaci said.
Charges were pending, he said.
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