Broome County School, Hospital Lockdowns Lifted Following Threats
Police took a Broome County man into custody after threats prompting security lockouts at several schools and hospitals.
Broome County sheriff's deputies and state troopers surrounded a residence on Route 12 in Chenango Forks early Monday afternoon.
A vehicle believed to have been driven by the man who allegedly had made threats was found outside the home.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident around 1:25 p.m.
Police agencies in the Binghamton area on Monday morning had been advised to be on the lookout for a 42-year-old man. He was said to have appeared on Facebook Live while driving a vehicle, wearing body armor and armed with a handgun.
The man was believed to also have been in possession of an AR-15 rifle. He allegedly had made threats to use the weapons at a school or hospital.
Police located the suspect vehicle around 12:40 p.m. He was reported in custody about 45 minutes later.
Many Broome County school districts implemented "lockout" procedures as a precaution. Those districts included Johnson City, Whitney Point, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley and Maine-Endwell.
All three hospitals in the county - Lourdes in Binghamton, Binghamton General Hospital and Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City - also went into a lockdown mode for a time.
Sheriff David Harder said charges were expected to be filed against the man after he was processed at the department's headquarters in the town of Dickinson.
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