County courthouse briefly locked down over threats

Linn County Courthouse was locked down on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 9, after deputies learned someone was bringing a gun to court and planned to harm those in the courtroom. 

Undersheriff Michelle Duncan reported that word of the threat reached law enforcement around 11:16 a.m.

Due to the nature of the initial threat, deputies quickly began to close the courthouse to the public and investigate. They learned a defendant in a landlord dispute had made vague threats to the landlord’s attorney. This information evolved into inaccurate information, Duncan said. 

Deputies contacted all the people in the chain of communication and the defendant and followed up with all relative information to determine there was no threat to the courtroom.

Within a couple hours, deputies obtained enough information to open the courthouse to normal operations. 

Collaboration between Linn County employees and partners from other agencies were key in the quick response to the report, Duncan said.