Friday, December 11, 2015

Man arrested with gun at Arkansas State made 911 call; police notified about him day before

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click to enlarge BRAD BARTELT: In jail photo.
  • BRAD BARTELT: In jail photo.
The Associated Press adds details from a Jonesboro police report on the man who drove onto the Arkansas State University campus yesterday and prompted a campus lockdown after saying he might fire a shotgun into a propane tank in his pickup.

The report said that Brad Kenneth Bartelt, 47, a former ASU student, called 911 himself after driving on campus and said he had a gun — a 12-gauge shotgun. 

After he was taken into custody, he recounted to officers his unhappiness over something reported yesterday — that he'd been seriously injured in an accident while in commercial driver training at ASU-Newport. He didn't feel he'd been properly compensated for his injuries. Said the police report:

"He stated that he was going to come to the university and shoot other people but he realized that murder would be wrong, so he was going kill himself."

The incident ended with no shots being fired. Police negotiated with Barlett as he sat in or moved about his truck, sometimes with the shotgun visible and sometimes sloshing gasoline on the truck. He finally surrendered. Officers found an AR-15 in a search of his home.

He was charged preliminarily with aggravated assault, but other charges are also contempleted, including terroristic threatening. A bond hearing was to be held today.

KAIT reported that Jonesboro police had gone to Bartelt's home Wednesday after he'd written on a Facebook about feeling homicidal and suicidal. 

Two officers were dispatched to Bartelt’s home in the 1000-block of Hall Street, according to the incident report.

When the officers arrived they were told that Bartelt “was already seeking medical assistance.”

click to enlarge CONNIE HAMPTON
  • CONNIE HAMPTON

The search of Bartelt's home apparently led to a second arrest — of another person, KTHV reports. Connie Hampton, 41, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. KTHV said that the search of the home where Bartelt and Hampton lived turned up, in addition to the loaded AR-15, four large hunting knives, a box of shotgun ammunition and .223 rounds for the AR-15.

UPDATE: KAIT reports that a $50,000 bond was set for Bartelt pending a mental evaluation. Another court date was set 2016. According to KAIT:

During the hearing, Bartelt said, "I never intended to hurt anyone but myself." He held his head down and closed his eye during most of the hearing and said he did not understand all of the charges against him.

He faces charges of terroristic threatening, criminal possession of explosives and carrying a firearm in a publicly owned facility.

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