Juvenile in custody after reportedly making threats to ‘shoot up’ Florence Junior/Senior High School – The Denver Post

A juvenile, who reportedly threatened to “shoot up” the Florence Junior/Senior High School, has been placed in custody for possession of a stolen firearm, according to Florence Police Chief Shane Prickett.

In a press release Tuesday evening, Pricket said that at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Florence School Resource Officer received multiple reports from students that a male juvenile had made threats of a shooting at the school.

Officials placed the school on heightened alert status. The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Cañon City Police Department were then informed of the 17-year-old suspect.

A Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy located and attempted to contact the suspect in Cañon City.  He was detained after a brief foot pursuit, and a stolen firearm was located in his possession.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Prickett said the Florence Police Department received an additional third-party threat of a shooting at the school.

After speaking with authorities, school officials decided to move the high school to remote learning for the final two days of school, Wednesday and Thursday.

Prickett said the investigation is still ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.

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