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Police: Threat against Billings West High School "lacks credibility of imminent threat"

Posted at 11:47 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 13:49:17-04

BILLINGS - Billings police said Friday they continue to investigate a threat of a shooting at Billings West High School but believe the threat "lacks credibility."

The threat of a school shooting was reported on Oct. 21 and came from a tip from an interaction in an online chat room. The tip stated the shooting was to take place on Oct. 26.

The FBI and the Billings Police Department are continuing to investigate the threat, police Lt. Brandon Wooley said Friday in a press release.

"The threat remains anonymous, uncorroborated, and so far has lacked credibility to indicate an imminent threat," Wooley said. "Despite BPD and FBI efforts over the last two days, we have been unable to develop actionable leads. We will continue investigative efforts through the weekend with any new information that is developed. At this time, a threat assessment leads us to believe the threat credibility is low."

Wooley said the investigation would continue through the weekend.

"The BPD has coordinated with SD2 to strategically increase Law Enforcement Resources in and around facilities in the event the assessment is incorrect," Wooley said. "The BPD believes the planned response is appropriate and adequate to deter, prevent, or if needed quickly respond to any potential threat while allowing normal school functions to occur. We ask the public to remain calm, thoughtful, and follow any additional directives from SD2 officials."

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