Hutchinson newspaper evacuated over bogus shooting threat

Published: Nov. 21, 2019 at 10:06 AM CST
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Police in Hutchison say a temporary worker is behind a false report of shots being fired into the office of the local newspaper early Thursday morning.

The Hutchinson News says Dominic Zales, 42, was arrested for suspicion of aggravated criminal threat and causing a building to be evacuated because of a threat.

Hutchison Police say they were called to the newspaper just after 6 a.m. when they received reports of somebody shooting through the windows.

When police arrived, they evacuated the building but found no signs of a disturbance.

Police later determined that Zales was behind the call and took him into custody.

The News says Zales was on his first day on the job as a temporary worker and had started his shift at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Employees returned to work around 7:30 a.m.

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, Zales has served time in prison for previous crimes involving drugs, firearms and making a criminal threat.

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