School shooters: Know the warning signs
A Lawrenceburg man was arrested after police found evidence that a “threat was credible and imminent” to Shelby and Anderson County schools, according to Kentucky State Police.
State police and the FBI responded Thursday to the Lawrenceburg residence of Dylan Jarrell, just a block away from Anderson County High School, when a New Jersey woman complained he had sent unsolicited, harassing messages to her on Facebook.
Jarrell, 20, admitted to sending the “racially motivated messages,” according to his arrest citation, and the FBI agent then asked about a past school shooting threat last May in Tennessee in which Jarrell had been a suspect. The suspect admitted to making the previous school threats, court records show.
After Jarrell gave consent for his phone to be examined, information was found on it that “pertained to threats of bodily harm against multiple persons at a school,” state police said in the arrest citation. It did not state which school was threatened.
A search of Jarrell’s residence discovered “corroborating information that a threat was valid and imminent,” Jarrel’s arrest citation states. State police found “a firearm, over 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine, and a detailed plan of attack,” according to a news release from police. He also had “internet search history of how to conduct a school shooting was discovered,” Sgt. Joshua Lawson said.
He was charged with harassing communications and terroristic threatening and placed in the Shelby County Detention Center. He could still face federal charges
Police are trying to figure out what led him to plan the attack, said Commissioner Rick Sanders.
“There is no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation we saved lives,” Sanders said. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc. He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary, and the only thing standing between him and evil and doing evil is law enforcement.”
He was caught backing out of his driveway “with the tools necessary to commit this heinous act,” Sanders said. He said police had “every reason to believe” the attack was going to take place Thursday.
State police said they notified Anderson and Shelby county schools about the threat and and worked with administrators to determine a plan of action.
Sanders credited the work of Trooper Josh Satterly, who he said made the arrest of Jarrell through hard work and dedication.
“Trooper Josh Satterly did his job well,” said Sanders. “Josh is a humble person. He’s out there right now, working on this case. He’s a humble, dedicated trooper.”
According to the Anderson News, Jarrell attended high school in Shelby County before dropping out.
Anderson County said late Thursday night it was closing Friday because of a “high potential possible, credible threat,” according to its post on Facebook.
The school district closed as a precaution, according to the district. No teachers, staff or students were allowed at the schools, the district said.
Shelby County Public Schools, which is on fall break, also was alerted about a credible threat, it announced in a Facebook post. It announced in the afternoon that all activities for the evening and weekend will resume as scheduled.
There was no evidence that an Anderson County student was involved in the threats, according to Anderson County Schools.
Friday afternoon, Anderson County Schools announced it would have increased presence from Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement at its football Friday night.
“Anderson County Schools would like to thank the Kentucky State Police, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and the Lawrenceburg Police Department for their quick response and continued support,” the district said in a Facebook post.