UPDATE: Man Who Made Threats that Prompted School Lockdown Turns Himself In

December 12, 2017 12:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE: Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi said 57-year-old Grady Gabbard was arrested Monday evening after making cryptic comments that led to the lockdown of two area school districts.

Amazi told ABC 6 News that Gabbard had called a rape hotline in Texas and made statements about "mass casualties."  That information was given to Mower County authorities who believed Gabbard was in the Adams area.


Authorities notified school officials who then placed the Southland schools in Adams and Rose Creek along with the LeRoy Ostrander schools on a soft lockdown.  That lockdown was lifted around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon.

According to Amazi, investigators tracked Gabbard to a home in Adams and around 4 p.m., after two hours of telephone conversations with a negotiator, Gabbard came out of the home and peacefully surrendered to police.

Amazi described Gabard as "angry" because "things weren't going his way."

Gabbard was arrested and could face possible charges of terroristic threats and domestic assault.

No weapons were found on Gabbard or at the home and no one was injured in the incident.



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According to Mower County Sherif Terese Amazi, a man who made threats prompting soft-lockdowns to go into effect at the Southland and LeRoy-Ostrander School Districts has turned himself in peacefully.

Amazi told ABC 6 News the man made a non-specific threat to a hotline in Texas.  She said the soft-lockdown was put into place due to the nature of the threat being a mass casualty type situation.

The man was located within a two block radius of Southland High School and turned himself over to law enforcement peacefully.


Around 3 p.m. Monday parents with students in the Southland and LeRoy-Ostrander School Districts received a message saying the soft lockdown was lifted and buses would begin loading students shortly.


ABC 6 News has learned the schools in the Southland and LeRoy-Ostrander School Districts are in "soft lockdown" this morning... meaning all of their outside doors are locked.

The Southland School district includes facilities in Adams and Rose Creek, Minnesota. 

Superintendent Jeff Sampson tells ABC 6 News deputies from the Mower County Sheriff's Office spoke to the Southland Principal this morning, saying there was a "potential threat" that "may or may not come about from an adult male in Adams area." 

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi tells ABC 6 News there is an "individual we need to speak to" in the Adams area. She added that she believes "everyone will be safe", "no one is in danger" and she "wants to keep it that way".

Sampson says he also put LeRoy-Ostrander into a "soft lockdown" because he is the superintendent of that school district as well. He says, at the moment, he's waiting to hear back from law enforcement.  


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