MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 8/12/19 @ 9:42 a.m.
A former West Virginia University student was found not guilty of making terroristic threats and threatening communication by use of electronic device, according to the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
According to the prosecuting attorney's office, Zachary Johnson of Preston County was found not guilty on Friday.
Johnson made comments in a class on WVU's Health Science campus saying that he felt like "going home and getting my gun and killing everybody," and that felt like "doing a mass shooting" in August 2018.
UDPATE 8/27/18 5:25PM
WVU Police Chief W.P. Chedester has released the following statement after a student was charged with making terroristic threats:
“When statements like these are brought to our attention, we act quickly. We don't take any chances, and that's how we responded in this case.”
21-year-old Zachary Johnson, of Preston County, was in a class on the university's Health Science Center campus when he allegedly said he felt like "going home and getting my gun and killing everybody," and that he felt like "doing a mass shooting."
ORIGINAL STORY 8/27/18 5:05PM
A Preston County man has been charged after allegedly stating he felt like committing a mass shooting.
According to the criminal complaint, 21-year-old Zachary Johnson, a student at West Virginia University was in class when he made the comments, stating he felt like "going home and getting my gun and killing everybody," and that felt like "doing a mass shooting." Witnesses told police that Johnson seemed serious about the comments.
Johnson is charged with threats of terroristic acts.