SPD Responds to Mass Shooting Threats

Ofc. Richie Plunkett, PIO

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 12:23 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 11, at about 5:30 p.m., a downtown business received threats by a former employee to shoot up the business with an AR15. The former disgruntled employee also made threats to shoot up their office location in Dallas, TX. Due to the severe nature of these threats made by the individual and his prior history, the business decided to shut down for the remainder of the day and planned to stay closed the following day.

The City of Spokane Police Department takes these threats very seriously. Mass shootings and active shooter incidents have become more common around the country. Spokane Police Department thoroughly investigates these type of threats and after extensive investigation officers were able to develop probable cause to arrest Chesed Johnson (41) for felony Harassment. Officers were able to locate Johnson and safely take him into custody. Johnson’s residence and vehicle were searched for firearms. No firearms were located at this point and Johnson was booked into Jail for felony Harassment.

The Spokane Police Department would like citizens to report any information they receive regarding a possible mass shooting or active shooter incident. Having that information ahead of time will help to locate the potential suspects and possibly prevent an act of violence.