Man arrested in California plotted shooting


CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A 37-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of threatening to kill a police officer and planning a “Las Vegas-style” shooting in Northern California, officials said.

The suspect was taken into custody by SWAT officers at a Super 8 motel in Chico after detectives obtained evidence of his conspiracy, according to a police statement.

The evidence included unspecified information that he “made criminal threats to kill certain individuals, certain law enforcement officers, and was preparing to launch a ‘Las Vegas-style’ mass shooting within a specified time frame.” was included.

In 2017, 60 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a gunman opened fire on a music festival from a Las Vegas hotel skyscraper.

After his arrest, Chico further threatened to kill the officer and his family, and beat the officer on a table during interrogation, according to a police statement.

He could face charges such as criminal intimidation and assaulting a peace officer. He was held without bail in the Butte County Jail.

Chico is a city of 98,000 people about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco.