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Okla. teen arrested in school shooting plot

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, police in Oklahoma arrested a teenager who is accused of plotting to attack his high school and trying to recruit classmates to help him.

Police in Bartlesville, a community about 40 miles north of Tulsa, arrested Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18, shortly before 5 a.m. Friday on charges of conspiring to cause serious bodily harm or death. He remained in Washington County Jail on Saturday on $1 million bail.

Court documents didn't list an attorney for Chavez, and calls to a number listed in court documents as his reached a recorded message saying the line wasn't available.

Layne Jones, an assistant principal at the school, alerted police to the alleged plot on Thursday, according to a probable cause statement. A student told authorities that Chavez had tried to "recruit other students to assist him with carrying out a plan to lure students into the school auditorium where he planned to begin shooting them," police said.

Investigators said Chavez told a teacher this month that he had bought a .45-caliber gun and had been learning to shoot it.

Students said they saw Chavez researching the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, in which 12 Colorado students and a teacher were murdered by two students who also died.

Shootings in Alabama

Police in Alabama killed two men Saturday following separate shooting incidents that left three other people dead and several injured, including two officers.

East of Birmingham, police shot and killed an assailant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle at the end of a pursuit that began with a triple killing after a domestic dispute in Cleburne County, authorities said.

An officer was shot and was in critical condition, police said.

In Birmingham, authorities said Jason Letts, 38, opened fire Saturday morning at a hospital, wounding a police officer and two employees before being shot and killed by another officer.

Okla. teen arrested in school shooting plot 12/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 9:47pm]
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