INDIANAPOLIS — A northern Indiana man was arrested after allegedly threatening to ‘‘kill as many people as he could’’ at a school, but police said Sunday that they believe was just bluffing when he made the ominous remark during a heated argument with his wife.
Jerry Smith, the interim police chief of Cedar Lake, said Von I. Meyer, 60, was arguing early Friday morning with his wife and initially threatened to set her on fire while she was sleeping at their home.
Meyer, who was arrested Saturday on seven felony charges, then told his wife he would kill her ‘‘at the school’’ and ‘‘would kill as many people as he could before police could stop him police,’’ Smith said. Meyer’s wife works at the cafeteria at Jane Ball Elementary School, less than 1,000 feet from the couple’s home in Cedar Lake, about 45 miles southeast of Chicago.
Smith said Meyer’s wife stayed away from the school Friday. Police boosted security at there and at three other schools as a precaution, taking those steps before the mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn, elementary school.
Although police found 47 guns and ammunition hidden throughout Meyer’s two-story home after they arrested him, Smith said most of those weapons were antique collector guns and he believes Meyer was not serious about his school threat.