Shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, a concerned citizen contacted a Piqua Police Department officer to report threatening statements made by a co-worker. The threats involved “shooting up” a school, using explosives at a school, and referring to other school shooters as “amateurs.” The person that made the comments was William C. Ingle, age 21 of Piqua. Investigation was conducted and witness statements were obtained.
Ingle was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. that day and has been charged with Making False Alarms, a Felony of the Third Degree. He is currently incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Ingle was taken into custody before he had an opportunity to carry out his threats.
“I’m pleased that our entire community takes threats like this seriously,” said Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison. “We have citizens willing to ‘say something’ when they ‘hear something.’ Our officers are assertive in using any protective measures available to us during these investigations.”
Piqua City Schools were notified shortly before Ingle was taken into custody and approved measures to prohibit Ingle from accessing school property once he is released from jail. They were not asked to lock-down the schools, as other protective measures were adequate through surveillance and control of the suspect.
Media Contact: Bruce A. Jamison, CLEE, Chief of Police, cell – 937.606.0726