Man arrested after threatening ‘killing spree’ in Alabaster, Birmingham
Published 10:18 am Monday, November 2, 2015
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 28-year-old Clanton man is being held in the Shelby County Jail without bond after he allegedly made a post to Facebook.com claiming to go on a “shooting spree” at businesses in Alabaster and Birmingham.
The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested Jeremie Jonathan Montgomery after he allegedly made the post earlier in the day. The arrest happened at Montgomery’s residence off Chilton County 81 “without incident,” according to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.
Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon told the Clanton Advertiser authorities with the special operations units in Clanton, Jemison and Chilton County Sheriff’s Office located Montgomery at his home and staged an area nearby to keep an eye on him until they took him into custody.
In the Facebook post, Montgomery, brandishing an SKS rifle, wrote “I feel (like) going on a killing spree today,” and specifically named Flowers Baking Company in Birmingham and the Alabama Crown distribution center in Alabaster.
“They messed over the wrong person and it’s about to go down like that,” Montgomery wrote. “I got 30 rounds and I’m trying to (use) the whole clip and some more.”
After he was arrested and charged in Chilton County, Montgomery was transported to the Shelby County Jail, where he faces a felony terrorist threat charge related to the threat against Alabama Crown. He could face additional charges with the Birmingham Police Department.
As of Nov. 2, formal warrants had not yet been issued against Montgomery.
Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said his department became aware of Montgomery’s Facebook post when someone shared it with the department via social media.
“We take these matters seriously. We had no choice but to charge him based on what’s going on in the world today,” Rigney said. “Our job is to protect the citizens, businesses and visitors. Hopefully, if it was going to happen, we were able to prevent a tragedy. Fortunately, the arrest was made without anybody getting injured.”