Red Bank man allegedly threatened mass shooting of law enforcement at Courts Building

  photo  Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Tyler Jordan Spence, 31, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making terroristic threats.
 
 


A Red Bank man is accused of threatening to go to the Hamilton County-Chattanooga Courts Building and commit a mass shooting of law enforcement.

Tyler Jordan Spence, 31, was charged with commission of an act of terrorism and retaliation for past action, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"We will not tolerate individuals making terroristic threats against the safety and operation of our public buildings, especially our schools and courthouses," Sheriff Austin Garrett said in the statement.

The Sheriff's Office received a report Monday afternoon of threats to commit violence in the Courts Building at 600 Market St., the statement said.

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"A Hamilton County clerk advised she had received a call from a subject who became irate after being told he could not directly contact a Hamilton County judge, and the caller then threatened to come to the Courts Building and commit a mass shooting of law enforcement," the statement said.

Due to the nature of the threat, officials put additional safety measures into place to secure the building and protect employees and members of the public, the statement said.

Detectives immediately looked to identify the man who made the alleged terrorist threats. Following an investigation, detectives identified the caller as Spence.

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Arrest and search warrants were quickly obtained due to the threat to public safety, the statement said.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Investigative Services deputies, uniformed services deputies and SWAT team members conducted a high-risk arrest and search warrant at a Red Bank address, the statement said.

Spence was arrested without incident. He has no previous criminal history in Hamilton County, according to the county's website, and is in custody at the Hamilton County Jail. Authorities are continuing to investigate this incident.

Spence is scheduled to appear Feb. 15 in front of Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Alex McVeagh.

Contact Sofia Saric at ssaric@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476.


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