Richard D. Thompson, Jr., 35, of Middletown was charged with three counts of of terroristic threats and one count of resisting arrest this morning following an altercation at Middletown High School North, according to an announcement by Det.Lt Paul Bailey, public information officer for the MTPD.
Thompson, who was working as a contractor at the school, got into a verbal altercation with another contract worker. He become argumentative with security officers and refused to leave the school when instructed to do so. Thompson reportedly told the security staff that he was going to return to the campus and shoot them. Thompson then left the school grounds on foot. Multiple police officers immediately responded to the incident.
The accused was quickly located on Swartzel Drive by Middletown Police Lt. Neal Hansen. Thompson was uncooperative and refused to comply with Lt. Hansen’s orders. Lt. Hansen attempted to place Thompson under arrest but he refused to comply and a brief physical struggle ensued before Thompson was subdued and taken into custody. At no time was there any threat to the safety of the students or other staff at the school.
Police were able to determine that Thompson was not armed and does not own any firearms. Thompson was processed and released on a summons complaint.