A man was spotted in a car with crossbow in Outwood.
Armed police were called to Potovens Lane, close to Outwood Park Medical Centre, just after 2pm.
Chief Inspector Mick Hanks, of Wakefield District, said: “We were called at 2.09pm today (Friday, 19 September) to a report of a man in a vehicle with a crossbow in Potovens Lane, Outwood. We are making extensive enquiries to locate this man and the vehicle he was using.
“We understand that any report of this nature will cause concern in the local community but our initial enquiries indicate that the man involved had been making threats to a particular individual and does not pose a wider risk to members of the public.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.