A man who emailed a local media outlet claiming he'd be the next "school shooter" was arrested by state police on Monday.
Oscar Rodriguez, 24, of Vernon, was charged with first-degree threatening and breach of peace.
Troopers said they were notified by the news outlet that it received an email to a tip line from Rodriguez.
Rodriguez did not mention a specific school, but he wrote that he was going to be the next school shooter.
"Vernon Police have been working together with Connecticut State Police on the investigation," said Lt. William Meier, Vernon police. "There was no direct threat made against Vernon Public Schools and police have been in touch with Vernon school officials to make them aware of the situation."
Troopers said they conducted an investigation and located Rodriguez at his home in Rockville.
When Vernon police arrived at his home on Prospect Street, they said he tried to flood the apartment with natural gas.
As a precaution, police said they had to evacuate the building and call the fire department.
No one was hurt.
Police said he was drunk at the time the threat was made and his attorney says Rodriguez suffers from alcoholism.
Court documents said Rodriguez explained that he “has no recollection of sending that email...That when he consumes alcohol he has done some stupid stuff.”
Vernon schools sent a letter to parents Tuesday informing them of the situation.
“It’s important to remember this threat was not made against any specific school,” Meier said.
Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the state police barracks in Hartford.
He was unable to post his $250,000 bond and was brought to the Hartford Correctional Center for an arraignment on Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court.
Additional charges are expected to be filed, according to Vernon police.
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