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Man warned about school shooting comments

No charges were filed; man said he was “joking around,” according to police.

  • Juneau Empire
  • Monday, March 6, 2023 6:54pm
  • News

A Juneau man was warned against making remarks that could be interpreted as threats following an investigation into “concerning comments” about school shootings, according to police.

On Saturday, Juneau Police Department received a report from a Glacier Highway business that a man had made school shooting-related comments to an employee while shopping for firearm accessories that, according to JPD, led to the employee notifying management who then called JPD.

Working with the business, JPD identified the 23-year-old Juneau man, whose name was not released by authorities as he was not charged with a crime. The man, when contacted Monday morning, denied making the comments and said he was just joking around, according to police.

The comments were deemed to not meet the elements of a criminal offense, according to police, and the man was warned about making such comments in the future.

The Juneau School District and police worked closely together during the investigation, according to JPD. Police had an increased presence at schools until the man could be contacted. In addition to increased police presence, schools implemented additional security measures as school started on Monday.

Contact the Juneau Empire newsroom at (907)308-4895.

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