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UPDATE: Man Arrested for Making Threats

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Students at Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College, and parents of students at Central High School and four other Springfield public schools were alerted Wednesday afternoon to a reported threat that led to lock downs and the arrest of a suspect.
UPDATE: 10/02/2013 (3:28 p.m.)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Students at Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College, and parents of students at Central High School and four other Springfield public schools were alerted Wednesday afternoon to a reported threat that led to lock downs and the arrest of a suspect.

The threat, originally reported to Homeland Security, was regarded an individual who had made threats to the Springfield Social Security office and a judge in the Springfield area, stating that he would go onto a Springfield college campus and start shooting.

The 9-1-1 Emergency Center contacted Drury Safety and Security about the threat and text message went to Drury students, faculty and staff at approximately 12:57 p.m. notifying them of the call and encouraging them to be aware of their surroundings.

Independent of that alert, Drury received word at about the same time as the text message was being written that two individuals in a green sedan were driving east on Bob Barker Boulevard in front of Drury's Trustee Science Center when they flashed what appeared to be a gun at a student who had been parallel parking his car.

The car then turned north on Drury Lane. No shots were fired and neither individual got out the car while they were seen on campus.

“The Springfield Police Department and Highway Patrol responded and the Trustee Science Center was evacuated, as were other buildings on campus in accordance with Drury's active shooter training, which encourages individuals who are not at the immediate scene to evacuate the premises and get to safety,” according to a release from Drury.

Students at nearby Ozarks Technical Community College and parents of students at Central High School across the street from Drury received alerts that the schools had been locked down as a precaution in response to the threat report. Alerts also went out to parents of students at Boyd, Pipkin, Rountree and Weller public schools.

A Drury spokesman said it appears that the two incidents were unrelated.

The man who allegedly made the threats against students was arrested by Springfield Police and the student who observed the two individuals in the green sedan on campus did not identify him as either of the two suspects.

Drury University was not in lock down and lock downs at other schools were called off after the man was taken into custody, according to spokespeople for OTC and SPS.

UPDATE:  10/02/2013  (2:04 p.m.)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police have detained a person suspected of making threats and brandishing a weapon on the campus at Drury University, leading to lock downs at the school and area public schools.

Drury spokesman Mark Miller confirmed that the two had been reported and security officials were reacting.

Springfield Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the department initially received information from Homeland Security about a person making general threats and to be on the lookout. This person is said to be mentally disturbed and has made similar threats in the past, but she did not have specific information on those threats.

Homeland Security was en route to the scene, she said.

As a precaution, police alerted all universities, Springfield Public Schools and the Sheriff’s Office, but the individual organizations can decide how they would like to respond to the situation.

Nearby Ozarks Technical Community instituted a “red alert” lock down and told students to remain indoors behind locked doors and be alert to their surroundings.

Springfield Public Schools informed parents of students at Central High School, which is across the street from Drury, and at four other nearby public schools, that the schools had been locked down.

The lock downs were lifted after the suspect had been detained.

OzarksFirst will report additional information as it becomes available.




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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police and Drury University security officers are responding at this time to a report of two people on campus, one of whom is reportedly brandishing a weapon and making threats.

Drury spokesman Mark Miller confirmed that the two had been reported and security officials were reacting.

Springfield Police spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the department initially received information from Homeland Security about a person making general threats and to be on the lookout. This person is said to be mentally disturbed and has made similar threats in the past, but we don’t have specific information on those threats.

Homeland Security is en route to the scene, she said.

As a precaution, police alerted all universities, Springfield Public Schools and the Sheriff’s Office, but the individual organizations can decide how they would like to respond to the situation.

Nearby Ozarks Technical Community instituted a “red alert” lock down and told students to remain indoors behind locked doors and be alert to their surroundings.

Springfield Public Schools has been contacted regarding any response at Central High School, also near Drury, but information is not yet available.

OzarksFirst will report additional information as it becomes available.

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