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Man with ax, crowbar arrested after threats at city offices

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 12:41:02-05

FAIRBURY, Neb. (AP) — A man armed with an ax and crowbar was arrested after making threats at a city office in southeast Nebraska, authorities said.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that a city of Fairbury employee reported Tuesday that the man had walked into the city offices and made threats while looking for city officials.

He left when he determined none of them was there and said he was headed to the Jefferson County Courthouse to find a county official.

Deputies soon spotted him near the courthouse, still carrying the ax and crowbar. They used a stun gun on him twice when he wouldn’t follow commands, the sheriff’s office said.

He was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threats, assault on a police officer and other crimes. Online court records don’t show that he’s been formally charged yet.