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Siskiyou County man placed in protective custody for suspected online threats

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office deputies received a report that a McCloud man allegedly placed a threatening message on social media via Snapchat on Aug. 7 around 11:30 a.m.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 5:13 PM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office deputies received a report that a McCloud man allegedly placed a threatening message on social media via Snapchat on Aug. 7 around 11:30 a.m.

An investigation revealed the man of McCloud placed a threatening message on social media related to recent active shooter-type incidents.

The message referred to mass shootings in a favorable way, idolized the mass shooters, and expressed satisfaction with the victimization of other persons and their families. The man referred to the hope that a similar incident would happen in Siskiyou County.

Deputies took the man into protective custody. The man resides with his parents and pursuant to W&I authority, three firearms found in his home were confiscated for safekeeping and to ensure the safety of the detained person and others in the community.

“In view of recent active shooter incidents in Gilroy, CA; El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, and other tragedies in recent history, all threats on social media or communicated through other means must be taken seriously by the public, law enforcement, and other service providers," said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. "The sergeant and deputies, in this case, did exactly what should have been done to safeguard the public and the involved author of these troubling messages."

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