Man arrested after alleged school threat, displaying firearms on Snapchat

Man arrested after alleged school threat, displaying firearms on Snapchat
Tyler McGill (Source: Smith County judicial records)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Van Zandt County man is in custody after allegedly making a terroristic threat against a school on Snapchat.

Tyler James McGill, 20, of Brownsboro, is charged with terroristic threat impair government/public service.

According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, on Sunday the department received information about a Snapchat video in which a person displayed two firearms - an AR-15-style rifle and a semi-automatic pistol. Text on the video read, "coming to a school near you." SCSO says there was a Whitehouse - Troup road sign depicted in the video.

"Friends close to McGill indicate they believe McGill was joking when he made this post on Snap Chat. I will assure you, our stance here at the Smith County Sheriff's Office is to take any such potential threat seriously and act accordingly," Sheriff Larry Smith said in a news release.

Deputies later located the person, identified as McGill, at about 2 a.m. Monday at a South Tyler apartment complex. He was taken into custody.

"McGill was placed in the Smith County Jail at approximately 6:30 am this morning. Bond has been set by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace James L. Meredith at $25,000," the SCSO said in the release.

The sheriff's office says a "terroristic threat is a crime generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize another, to cause evacuation of a building, or to cause serious public inconvenience, in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience."

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