Van Zandt County man arrested for terroristic threat involving school


Press Release

On Sunday, March 4th, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a terroristic threat. A report was received regarding an individual who posted a Snapchat video in which he displayed two firearms, an AR 15 type rifle and a semi-automatic pistol and text reading “coming to a school near you.” There was a Whitehouse – Troup road sign depicted in the video.

Deputies immediately made an effort to locate the suspect, Tyler James McGill, 20 years of age, from Brownsboro. McGill was subsequently located shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday, March 5, at a South Tyler Apartment Complex. McGill was taken into custody for the offense of Terroristic Threat Impair Government/Public Service, a third degree felony.

Friends close to McGill indicate they believe McGill was joking when he made this post on Snap Chat.

“I will assure you, our stance here at the Smith County Sheriff’s Office is to take any such potential threat seriously and act accordingly,” stated Sheriff Larry Smith.

McGill was placed in the Smith County Jail at approximately 6:30 am Monday, March 5. Bond was set by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace James L. Meridith at $25,000. McGill was released later the same day.

A terroristic threat is a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize another, to cause evacuation of a building, or to cause serious public inconvenience, in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.


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