Schools in two counties shut down; cops say suspect who threatened ‘heinous act’ had ‘the tools he needed’

A Kentucky man is behind bars following an investigation that led police to suspect him of making threats of violence at schools in two counties.

According to WYMT, 20-year-old Dylan Jarrell was arrested on Friday evening, the same day classes were canceled at schools in the Anderson County public school district due to a threat.

“Late Thursday evening, school district officials were alerted by the Kentucky State Police of a high potential possible, credible threat to a school system being investigated with ties to two central Kentucky counties, including Anderson,” the district wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

“As a precautionary measure, Anderson County Schools will be closed today, Friday, October 19, 2018, as the KSP investigation is still ongoing,” the statement continued. “No staff or students are to report to any school. District officials will be monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates via one call, district website and social media as they are available. Thank you for supporting Anderson County Schools.”

Though classes were not in session at nearby Shelby County schools, a threat in that district led to the cancellation of all planned activities.

In both cases, police say someone contacted district officials to communicate what investigators deemed a credible threat.

The suspect lived in a home adjacent to the football field of one high school his is accused of threatening, according to Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders.

He said Jarrell presented a present danger to the community, though he believes law enforcement stepped in just in time.

“I can tell you that he was caught backing out of his driveway with the tools he needed to commit this heinous act,” Sanders said.

Jarrell was identified a former student at the nearby school.

In addition to the evidence recovered at the time of his arrest, Sgt. Josh Lawson said authorities executed a search warrant at his home and on his electronic devices.

“An internet search history on how to conduct a school shooting were also discovered,” he said.

[Featured image: Dylan Jarrell, handout]