The Omaha Police Department says officers located the person who posted the threat and determined it wasn't real.
Lt. Darci Tierney says on Monday they were notified about an on-line post with an implied threat to the Omaha area. The anonymous post to an on-line chat site stated, "Omaha NE. Watch the news. 9 am. Tomorrow. Big things."
Tierney says the threat was non-specific but still concerning. Homicide detectives worked through the night and were able to locate the 26 year old man who made the post.
After speaking with the man, detectives determined that the threat was not viable. "We have thoroughly investigated this incident and have determined that he did not have the means to carry out the implied threat," Tierney says. The man did not have any immediate access to any firearms or other destructive devices.
Detectives believe he is potentially a threat to himself or others and has been placed into emergency protective custody for further mental evaluation. No criminal charges are expected to be filed.
In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, the Omaha Police Department reached out to local school districts and made them aware of the implied threat.
"We work very closely with our local school districts and share information regarding potential safety issues with each other to make our schools as safe as they can be," Tierney says.