OPD says online threat not viable; one person in custody

Dec 18, 2012

Omaha Police say one person is in custody following a threat made on an online chat site Monday evening.

In a news release and on its Facebook page, OPD says the threat was “Omaha NE. Watch the news. 9am. Tomorrow. Big things.” An investigation revealed 27-year-old Joshua Gustafson allegedly posted the threat. Authorities say the threat wasn’t viable, and Gustafson didn’t have the means to carry it out. Additionally, Gustafson “didn’t have immediate access to any firearms or other destructive devices,” according to OPD.

Gustafson is in emergency protective custody for mental evaluation. Authorities say he’s potentially a threat to himself or others. No criminal charges will be filed against Gustafson at this time.

The threat prompted Omaha Public Schools officials to send out an automated message late Tuesday morning. In it, district officials say the threat wasn’t valid, and OPS is working with police to ensure safety of staff and students.

The threat remains under investigation.

On January 5, 2011, Millard South High School assistant principal Vicki Kaspar was killed and principal Curtis Case was injured in a shooting at the school. The shooter, a 17-year-old student, took his own life.