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Man threatened ‘mass shooting’ at his Bradenton workplace. He had a gun, cops say

Sheriff’s office offers free workplace violence and active shooter training to educate small businesses

Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Yvonne Daniels discusses some of the topics touched on at Tuesday night's workplace violence and active-shooter training for small businesses at the sheriff's office.
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Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Yvonne Daniels discusses some of the topics touched on at Tuesday night's workplace violence and active-shooter training for small businesses at the sheriff's office.

Federal authorities last week tipped off the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office about an individual threatening to conduct a “mass shooting,” at his workplace at Suburban Propane, 6991 15th St. E.

Deputies on Friday made contact with the individual at Suburban Propane, after first notifying management of the potential danger to the company’s employees. Upon making contact, deputies found that the individual was armed with a handgun.

The firearm was secured and the individual was searched for additional weapons, but no more were found.

The suspect has not been identified because he was taken into custody under the Baker Act and is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation. According to the report, the individual also threatened to kill himself.

Deputies on the scene determined that the suspect was a, “threat to kill himself or others,” so he was transported to Centerstone for further evaluation.

The report indicates charges may follow pending further investigation.

MCSO public information officer Randy Warren said Wednesday that the individual is still under the Baker Act and no charges have brought at this time.

Sarasota Suburban Propane manager declined to comment, referring all questions to the company’s corporate office.

“At Suburban Propane, the safety and security of our employees, customers and local communities is our utmost priority,” said Nandini Sankara, the company’s spokeswoman. “We are cooperating with authorities on this matter, and are unable to comment further at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”

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