Threat To Shoot Up Church

Pendleton man arrested

Lee Rogers
September 20, 2019 - 11:13 am

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The Oconee County Sheriff's Office issued the following press release Thursday.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 22 year-old Damon O’Neal Johnson on charges of; Giving False Information, Assault and Battery 3rd Degree, and Disturbing a Place of Worship. 

On Wednesday September 18th, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Foothills Community Church after receiving a call that “Brace” Johnson was threatening to shoot people with his “fully loaded AR-15”. Upon deputies’ arrival to the scene, Johnson was encountered walking down Critter Road and was immediately detained. After further investigation, it was discovered that Johnson became aggressive after being asked to leave a youth group, due to being over age. When the security officer at the church asked Johnson to leave the church premises due to his conduct, he began threatening to shoot the officer with his “fully loaded AR-15”. 

Deputies scoured the area near Foothills Community Church and did not discover the weapon referenced in Johnson’s threats, or any other weapons. Deputies could not verify Johnson’s identity due to his legal first name not being “Brace”. Johnson refused to tell deputies his legal first name. He was eventually recognized by a Sheriff’s Office deputy as Damon O’Neal Johnson. 

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Damon O’Neal Johnson was placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center. Johnson has been charged with; Giving False Information, Assault and Battery 3rd Degree, and Disturbing a Place of Worship.

 

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