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Findlay police apprehend suspect in school shooting threat investigation




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Findlay, Ohio — A threat made on social media led to a swift response from law enforcement officers and the subsequent arrest of 22-year-old Chad Johnston Jr. at his residence.

The threat, which was reported on Friday at 1:50 p.m., targeted Jefferson Elementary located at 204 Fairlawn Pl. in Findlay.

Officers from the Findlay Police Department were dispatched to Jefferson Elementary following reports of concerning posts on Facebook indicating a potential shooting at the school. Upon their arrival, officers immediately engaged with school officials, who promptly implemented a lockdown protocol to ensure the safety of students and staff.

An intensive investigation was launched, ultimately leading the authorities to identify Chad Johnston Jr. as the suspect. Officers promptly proceeded to his residence, which was in close proximity to the school. After conducting an interview with the suspect, law enforcement placed him under arrest for making the threats.

While no firearms were found at Johnston Jr.’s residence, authorities seized several electronic devices as evidence. The investigation into the incident remains ongoing as law enforcement continues to gather information and evaluate the nature of the online posts.

Johnston Jr. now faces charges of inducing panic under Ohio Revised Code Section 2917.31.

Jefferson Elementary School staff are working closely with law enforcement to ensure the well-being and security of their students. They will continue to monitor the situation closely and take any necessary precautions to maintain a safe educational environment.

Anyone with additional information related to this incident is urged to contact the Findlay Police Department at (419) 424-7150.

This story will be updated as more details emerge.

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