Active shooter at a high school? Sheriff claims it was all a big hoax after countless police departments rushed out.

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CHURCH HILL, TN – Fear rippled through a town in Tennessee earlier today after reports of an active shooter in a local high school were spread throughout. 

On Tuesday, August 10th, just one day after school began for the year, students at a Tennessee high school were evacuated and bused to a local armory after a 911 caller claimed to be a gunman in the building. Authorities now believe this call was a “hoax.”

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said the call came in around 8 a.m. from Volunteer High School in Church Hill, Tennessee. This prompted a major response from local law enforcement agencies, however, upon investigation of the school campus, no suspects were located, and thankfully there were no signs of shooting injuries. 

According to ABC News, deputies responded immediately and began searching, with at least five agencies involved, authorities said.

The school evacuated all the students, marching them in lines with their hands over their heads to school buses, and they were taken to an armory to be reunited with their parents, said the county’s director of schools, Matt Hixson. Other schools locked down temporarily as a precaution.

Local authorities, along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, are now looking into who made the call.

Church Hill Police Chief Chad Mosley said the caller did not give his name, and at this time it hasn’t been determined if the call was made inside or outside of the school building.

At the press conference held following the incident, Lawson, who was present with the police chief, said:

“Right here, we’re telling you straight up, this was a hoax,”

He went on to say:

“There was no gunfire. Nobody injured. Thank god everybody is safe.”

Lawson said the 911 caller claimed to be in a school bathroom with a handgun, saying he had been bullied by popular students and was going to the gym to shoot the weapon. Lawson said one police officer was in the high school while the person was still on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, ABC News reported.

Hixson said he expects classes to resume Wednesday morning.

He said:

“We’ve been through COVID and a lot of closure and our intent is to keep students in school and keep them learning,” 

Chris Vaughan of the Church Hill Rescue Squad said two people were transported from the scene for injuries unrelated to gunshots.

According to the sheriff, in a “totally unrelated” occurrence a student was sick and having a seizure while the 911 call was occurring.

Media coverage of the incident showed a large police presence at the school.

Hawkins County Schools initially deemed the incident an “emergency situation,” saying:

“our major concern at this time is for the safety of our students and staff; please stay clear of the area to allow law enforcement and emergency personnel access to the area.”

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Portland Police: Active shooter taken down, knocked out and hogtied by alert hero neighbor

July 8, 2021

PORTLAND, OR – According to Portland Police, an active shooting suspect was reportedly taken down by a neighbor after firing off over two dozen rounds – that surprisingly hit no one.

The manner in which this active shooter was taken down, according to authorities, was that this neighbor knocked out the shooter and hogtied him.

On June 29th at approximately 1:00 AM, Portland Police say that 32-year-old Luke Stolarzyk fired off approximately 29 bullets an apartment building located in southwest Portland.

A man identified in court documents as John Dickerson, had initially been awoken by what sounded like a loud argument during the evening of the incident. When Dickerson went outside of his apartment, he reportedly saw the suspect with a handgun and a green laser.

Stolarzyk was then said to have went back into his own apartment an retrieved an AR15, which he allegedly began firing the weapon randomly toward a row of apartment buildings. Dickerson had reportedly snuck up behind the suspect and struck him with a stick.

Dickerson was then said to have wrestled the gun away from the suspect, reportedly narrowly avoiding getting shot in the process, and then beat the suspect until he fell unconscious.

By the time responding officers arrived at the scene that unfolded at the Stephens Creek Crossing apartments, the affidavit from the case noted that officers found “several people standing around the defendant, who was hogtied and had been beaten up.”

Police working the scene of the incident were said to have recovered 29 shell casings and the weapon allegedly used by the suspect, noting that they were bullet holes in several cars and apartments within the area.

Video surveillance footage also allegedly shows the suspect shooting at a man that was running through the parking lot, according to authorities.

Stolarzyk was said to have been initially escorted to a local hospital for treatment of his sustained injuries and has since been charged with several counts of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal mischief and discharging a firearm.

Bond for the defendant was set at $250,000.

It’s a rare occurrence to hear some good news coming out of Portland, as we at Law Enforcement Today often find ourselves sharing the often unsavory reality of the city’s degradation over the past year.

A recent report we shared shows that no good deed goes unpunished, as a man who had set up a pool in Portland for some of the local vagrants to cool off in the sweltering summer was found stabbed to death one day after setting up the pool. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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PORTLAND, OR- According to authorities, a man who put together a pop-up swimming pool to help keep the homeless cool during the recent 100-degree plus heat wave, has been fatally stabbed in the same spot just one day after putting up the pool. 

The Portland Tribune reported that officers have identified Tyson L. Morlock as the individual who was found stabbed to death.

Morlock was found in the inner east side Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood at Division Street and Southeast Martine Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 3:37 a.m. on Thursday, July 1st. Morlock was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Morlock died from a stab wound. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Just one day earlier, on June 30th, 27-year-old Morlock had been interviewed by a freelance journalist on assignment for Reuters media outlet. The reporter, Sergio Olmos, had tweeted:

“Climate change and inequality: Tyson Morlock hooked up a pool to a fire hydrant under an overpass in Portland where temperatures reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit.”

The tweet then added a quote from Morlock:

“There’s not a lot of places you can go in the community where you can be safe.”

Reportedly, Morlock hooked up the pop-up pool to a fire hydrant at the Division Street underpass of Highway 99E. Olmos said:

“Morlock said he ‘tried to steak’ a slurpee from 7-Eleven this weekend, but the clerk wouldn’t let him. He’s like ‘just take it man, it’s hot outside’”

KOIN 6 News reported that nearly 100 people in Oregon have died in the heat and that the impact on the homeless community is still unknown. The pop-up pool that Morlock setup is now deflated, but while it was up it was full of water and campers trying to stay cool in the record heat.

Patrick, who also goes by the name Ninja, told reporters that a camper from another spot gave them the pool. He said:

“We set up some rules that you’d find at your typical public pool. No weapons, no drugs, no smoking, no violence, keep your problems away from here.”

Patrick added that he was grateful for the pop-up pool:

“It definitely is a blessing when it’s 107 degrees out. I’ve had heat stroke before and I don’t want to ever get it again.”

In Multnomah County alone, the medical examiner reported at least 59 people died from the excessive heat. Multnomah County Communications Director Julie Sullivan-Springhetti said that out of the 59 people, it is not yet known how many of them were homeless. She said:

“The overwhelming majority died in their homes, but at this stage we are not able to release the exact number of people experiencing homelessness because of missing information.”

Homicide detectives said that the person who stabbed Morlock remained at the scene and was interviewed. They stated:

“He has not been charged at this time and we are not releasing his name.”

Detectives and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office are actively working on the case as police have not yet detailed the circumstances of the stabbing.

Anyone with any information about the stabbing is urged to contact Detective Jeffrey Pontius at [email protected] or 503-823-0433 or Detective Travis Law at [email protected] or 503-823-0395.

In other recent news regarding Portland, authorities released the surveillance footage from an officer-involved shooting of an armed suspect that occurred back in June. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PORTLAND, OR – In an update to a previous report from us here at Law Enforcement Today, Portland Police have identified the suspect fatally shot by an officer that was responding to a welfare check during the evening of June 24th. 

Also, in an effort to calm tensions and combat misinformation about the incident, Portland Police have also released footage from the incident that shows the suspect lunging at officers before being shot. 

One day following the fatal officer-involved shooting that reportedly started as a welfare check, Portland Police identified the deceased suspect as 40-year-old Michael Ray Townsend. 

According to officials, officers were dispatched to a motel in the 500 block of Northeast Holladay Street at approximately 7:06 p.m. on June 24th in response to a welfare check on a white adult male dressed in all black. 

In newly released video from the incident, Townsend can be seen sitting on some stairs outside of the motel as six PPB officers appear to be talking with him. 

Suddenly, video shows Townsend stand up and postures himself in an aggressive stance while holding an object in his left hand. He begins moving toward officers as they’re backing up, and then attempts to rush an officer before he’s fatally shot. 

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell gave the following statement regarding the released footage from the incident: 

“While the investigation is still in its early stages, and releasing evidence at this point is rare, providing this video is critical to combat misinformation being spread.

“Transparency and community trust are extremely important to us, but so is a full, complete, and thorough investigation. This illustrates how important it is to allow the investigation process to unfold before spreading unverified information. An officer use of deadly force is among the most important investigations that we do, and it’s crucial that we take the time to do it right.”

Various social media posts that began to circulate the night of the incident alleged that Townsend was a person of color and unarmed during the encounter with police. 

Michael Ray Townsend - Portland Police Bureau
Michael Ray Townsend – Portland Police Bureau

However, the released past mugshot of Townsend and video from the incident clearly contradicts some of the swirling narratives being spread by locals. 

Portland Police have identified the officer said to have fired the shot at Townsend as Officer Curtis Brown, who was described as an 18-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau assigned to North Precinct.

Officer Brown was placed on a paid administrative leave until the investigation into the incident is completed by both the Portland Police and the Multnomah County District Attorney Office.

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