One mother’s “gut instinct” and the police who swiftly followed up on her report can be credited with preventing a nearly inevitable school shooting and saving countless lives.
Koeberle Bull, a New Jersey mother of three biracial children, woke up one morning to find a racist message to her on Facebook from a Kentucky man. “It was really vulgar — he called my kids the N-word and hoped terrible things for them,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
The man’s profile picture showed him with a gun. She describes having a “gut feeling” about the need to dig deeper and report the incident to local police even though she didn’t really think anything would come of it.
The man had blocked Bull. However, her friends dug around for details about his identity, and Bull soon had enough information to share with the police in Lawrenceburg, Ky. “I spoke to Officer Josh Satterly, who told me, ‘There’s no room for this kind of hate in my world,” she says. “He took me seriously.” (Yahoo)
Police acted in just the nick of time—literally catching the suspect on his way out the door with “200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, a firearm, a 100-round high-capacity magazine, and a “detailed plan of attack.””
Local and state police followed the mom’s tip, and on Thursday, officers drove to the home of a 20-year-old man named Dylan Jarrell, just as he was leaving his house with more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, a firearm, a 100-round high-capacity magazine, and a “detailed plan of attack.” He was headed toward two school districts in Anderson County and Shelby County, the Kentucky State Police said in a press conference Friday. (Yahoo)
Police also said when they searched the suspect’s home they found that he was performing online searches about “how to conduct a school shooting.”
“There’s no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation, we saved lives,” Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders said during a press conference. “This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc.
“He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary. And the only thing that stood between him and evil … is law enforcement,” he continued.
Jarrell was charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening and one count of harassing communications and is being held in the Shelby County Detention Center. (Yahoo)
Bull described the police’s timing of the arrest as “divine intervention.”