UPDATE: University High School Suspect Arrested
University High School Resource Deputy Sky Ortiz and Major Crimes Detective continued this investigation throughout the day.
The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Adam LL McCarty, was located and detained. Through the investigation, it was learned McCarty had been involved in an altercation with a juvenile student and made similar threats on social media platforms. These threats were then forwarded and passed around, along with other individual interpretations, that McCarty would shoot the school up while others warned classmates not to go to school today because the school would be shot up.
Investigators have not located a specific threat from McCarty indicating he intended to “shoot up the school” as had been previously reported. However, they did gain evidence McCarty made specific threats to kill a 16-year-old classmate.
McCarty was booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony Harassment, threats to kill.
This remains an active investigation, no additional information is available at this time.
Deputies Work to Investigate School Threat
Spokane Valley Deputies and the University High School Resource Deputy are working to identify and locate the person who posted a threat toward University High School on social media. We are working closely with School Administrators as this investigation continues.
Spokane Valley Deputies received information regarding an online social media threat toward University High School. The University High School Resource Deputy was advised, and he alerted school staff.
This remains an active investigation, and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 or contact University High School Resource Deputy Skye Ortiz.
We will continue to work together with University High School Administrators who have decided, for the safety of students and staff, to close the school today as this investigation continues.