Redfin Puts 4 Offices on Lockdown After Shooting Threat

August 19, 2019

Real estate brokerage Redfin shut down four of its offices in the San Francisco area last week after a former contractor for the company allegedly threatened to gun down employees. The ex-worker, described as an “associate agent” by another Redfin employee, had been fired from the company and allegedly made the threat over the phone to a manager of one of the Bay Area office on Aug. 9. During the call, the fired contractor reportedly told the manager, “This is why people bring shotguns to work.”

“We took swift action and worked closely with law enforcement to ensure the safety of our employees and agents,” Maryam Sughayer, Redfin’s vice president of communications, said in a statement. “We are separately pursuing every available legal remedy.”

Seattle-based Redfin temporarily closed an office in San Francisco and three other East Bay Area offices. All four offices are to reopen early this week. Additional security measures will be in place in the offices, Sughayer said.

The fired contractor had worked in the company’s office in the San Francisco suburb of Dublin, KGO-TV news reported. Police have spoken with the contractor but no arrests have been made. Police say the investigation is ongoing.