Threat/Possible Armed Individual at Eau Claire High/Middle School

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT:       September 7, 2018 @ approximately 3:55 PM


TYPE OF INCIDENT:                         Threat/Possible Armed Individual


LOCATION OF INCIDENT:               Eau Claire High/Middle School

                                                          7450 Hochberger Road

                                                          Eau Claire MI  49111


AGENCIES INVOLVED:                     Eau Claire Police Department

                                                          Berrien County Sheriff’s Office

                                                          Michigan State Police

                                                          Berrien Springs/Oronoko Twp Police Dept

                                                          Medic One Ambulance




On Friday September 7th at approximately 3:55 PM the Berrien County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call from a male subject stating that there was a teenage male in the bathroom of the High School with a rifle.  The caller did not identify himself and stated that his phone was losing power.


Police Officers from the surrounding area responded to the possible armed subject in the school and a search of the building was conducted.  At the completion of the search it was found that there was not anyone in the building with a firearm and no one was injured.  Students and staff were escorted out of the building so that parents were able to make contact with their children.


The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police are assisting the Eau Claire Police Department with attempting to identify the unknown caller.  Anyone with information as to the identity of the caller is asked to call (269) 983-3060.


We are glad that this incident is not what was originally reported and are pleased at the cooperative response by all the agencies involved.  Officers responded as trained and law enforcement personnel appreciate the patience of the parents and other adults that were on scene waiting to be reunited with the students and staff that were in the school.


09/24/2018 at 4:35 PM
The investigation of this incident has led to a report being submitted to the
Berrien County Prosecutors Office and the charge of False Reporting of a Felony
being authorized against the following individual.
Justin Alen Bashore
W/M, 32 years of age
Last known address in Niles MI 49120
There is evidence to believe that Justin Bashore placed the call to the Berrien
County Public Safety Dispatch Center stating that a male subject was in the
school with a rifle. This was false and law enforcement is attempting to locate
him at this time.
If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of this individual they are asked
to call (269) 983-3060.
The charge is merely and accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent
until and unless proven guilty.

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