As with any police arrest, the details aren't covered on how they decided this person was the culprit, but let's review what we've got.
Someone emailed the police with a threat- to shoot and kill as many officers as possible.
-They named the location they intended to go to shoot from, and claimed it was booby trapped (public parking garage)
-They named the exact model rifle they planned to use
-They said they were staying in a hotel here in the city (there aren't many, population ~66,000)
The arrest was announced just after 1:45 p.m. It was not immediately clear whether the person arrested was the person who made the
So call me a cynic, but it sounds to me like this fellow was travelling and some punk stole their computer or phone, and decided to use it to escalate
tensions. Searched email history and learned they owned that model firearm, and where they were planning to stay. (Or maybe got that information from
text messages, hence not giving an exact address?)
Honestly, if someone was seriously planning an attack like this, they wouldn't give the police their itinerary beforehand.
As far as the parking garage in question, it's a terrible vantage point... but it happens to be right ON the police station down-town.
The police shut down and went through the whole parking garage a couple hours before an arrest was made- and as expected, found nothing.
So, what say you?
I'd expect anyone connected in any way to be questioned, certainly... but detained?
Without more information it's hard to say if he deserves to be detained, but this whole thing stinks of "suspect until proven guilty" to me.
If it wasn't immediately clear if this guy was the perp or not, chances are good this guy wasn't hanging out in a hotel room with a rifle, waiting
for the cops to show up.
Curious to see if they release any further information.