University Of Tulsa Student Union Back Open After Police Say Threats Were Made

Tulsa police say Michael Johnson sent threatening messages to his coworkers at a restaurant at the University of Tulsa student union.

Monday, February 26th 2024, 6:25 pm



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The University of Tulsa student union is open again after police say an employee made threats against a campus restaurant. 

Officers arrested two people in connection to the threats.

Tulsa police say Michael Johnson sent threatening messages to his coworkers at a restaurant at the University of Tulsa student union.

"Sending even employees there that he's going to come and maybe shoot the place up," Officer Danny Bean said.

Officer Danny Bean with Tulsa Police says on Friday, police were able to check out Johnson's social media, where they say they found similar threats.

Police got a search warrant and went to Johnson's apartment, where they took him and Marshon Duckett into custody.

Bean says officers found several weapons inside the home.

"When they searched the residence they did, they found an AR weapon, another AR pistol that can be turned into a rifle, and a handgun, a Glock handgun," he said.

The University of Tulsa says the threat was directed at another employee, there was never an active threat on campus, and the union was evacuated in an abundance of caution.

Bean says Johnson is facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and threatening a violent act, while Duckett is facing weapons charges.

Bean says the employees at the union did the right thing by letting the police know.

"If something like that happens, you need to say something, you can go up and talk to one if it's in public, or if you think you need to make that 911 call, make that 911 call; either way, letting us be aware of something you might have seen a red flag, or received a threat, we need to know about it so we can handle it," he said.

He says this was a scary situation, but it's crucial police do not ignore these kinds of calls like nothing will happen.

"It's the same thing as any type of school threat, sometimes we see these bogus ones that go out, that get aired and people know about them, but we don't treat them any different, we treat everyone like it's a liable threat," he said.

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