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Spokane police arrest man threatening mass shooting

The Spokane Police Department arrested a man after an investigation into threats of a mass shooting in downtown Spokane Friday.

A Spokane business received threats from a former employee, Chesed Johnson, 41, at 5:30 p.m. that he planned to shoot up the business with an AR-15 style rifle, according to a news release. The disgruntled employee also made threats to shoot up the business’ Dallas, Texas location.

Police arrested Johnson on charges of felony harassment, according to a news release. The business closed for the remainder of the day Friday and was not open Saturday.

Officers did not find any firearms while searching Johnson’s residence and vehicle, according to a news release.

Johnson does not have a criminal record in Washington or Dallas County, Texas, according to court records.

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