Police: Man threatened to be next school shooter in email

February 28, 2018

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested a Connecticut man who they say sent an email to a local television station threatening to “be the next school shooter.”

An employee with WTIC-TV called state police to report the email around 9 p.m. Monday. Police say the sender, 24-year-old Oscar Rodriguez, included his email address and phone number in the email.

Rodriguez told police serving an arrest warrant at his Vernon home he had no recollection of sending the email. He has been charged with harassment and breach of peace.

The Hartford Courant reports Rodriguez’s public defender David Warner said during Rodriguez’s arraignment hearing his client was intoxicated to the point of blacking out Monday.

Warner says Rodriguez had no way of carrying out his threats. Police say there were no weapons in Rodriguez’s home.

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