Arrest made in school shooting threat

Published 2:38 pm Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ironton Police Department Captain Chris Bowman and Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless announced via press release and social media on Sunday that an arrest has been made in the Sept. 12 shooting threat made against Ironton Elementary School.

“After an exhaustive investigation into the threats of a shooting at Ironton Elementary School on Sept. 12, officers of the Ironton Police Department were able to secure a warrant for the arrest of one Kyle A. Parramore, 23, of Wesley Chapel, Fla.,” according to the release. “Parramore is being charged with making terroristic threats, a third-degree felony, and inducing panic, a second-degree felony.”

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers from the University of South Florida police on Saturday arrested Parramore without incident on warrants on the university grounds located in Tampa, Fla., where Parramore was employed as a maintenance worker, according to the press release. Parramore was transported to the Hillsborough County jail and will be extradited to Ohio to answer the charges filed against him.

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Lawless praised the efforts of Bowman and everyone involved in the investigation.

“Ironton Police Captain Chris Bowman worked diligently with several agencies including the FBI, Florida police agencies, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to develop the suspect and ultimately arrest him,” Lawless said. “This threat and every threat are taken very seriously by all involved,” Lawless said. “From the minute this threat was brought to our attention, it was given full attention. Capt. Bowman and all law enforcement are to be commended for their hard work in solving this case.”

In the release, Bowman said the joint effort among law enforcement agencies was invaluable and that children’s safety is paramount.

“I would like to personally thank officers Steve Wilson and Katie Lawson of the Ironton Police Department along with the Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson’s office, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless’s office, the FBI Portsmouth Ohio office, the FBI Tampa Florida office, the Tampa Police Department and the Pasco County Sheriffs office for their assistance in investigating this case,” he said. “I want to ensure the citizens of Ironton the safety of their children is one of our utmost concerns and we will diligently investigate and bring to justice any person who threatens their safety.”