According to police, a 37-year-old California male was detained on Sunday on suspicions of plotting to carry out a “Las Vegas type” mass shooting.
Dallas Marsh was detained, according to the Chico Police Dept, after detectives discovered proof that he had been threatening to murder a number of people, including law enforcement officials and others, in a large-scale shooting. Marsh, according to the police, planned to carry out this claimed shooting plot within a “determined timeframe.”
According to a police statement, a SWAT squad spotted and detained Marsh on Sunday morning close to the Super 8 Motel in Chico. Marsh is accused of beating an officer with a table while in an interview after his detention and also of threatening to kill several more police officers and their families.
In addition to battery on a law enforcement agent and threats of violence against officers of the law, Marsh has now been charged with violent threats of grave bodily harm or death.
Although Oct. 1 will mark the fifth anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting, authorities did not specify when Marsh planned to carry out this claimed mass shooting. The Vegas shooting was the deadliest individual mass shooting incident in American history.
The Las Vegas shooter arranged a sniper nest on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, out of which he began firing on the Route 91 Harvest music event on the Main Strip. An FBI inquiry into the attacker’s motives was unsuccessful. Before committing suicide by gunshot, the shooter injured more than 500 people and murdered 60 individuals.
Police were unable to pin down Marsh’s claimed shooting scheme’s motivation. Photographs on a Facebook profile that appears to belong to Marsh show that he is an Army veteran, according to The New York Post. Marsh stated that he had formerly held the position of leader of the U.S. Army Delta Force in his “intro” part.
On the account, some people have started posting hateful remarks labeling Marsh a “terrorist” and hoping for his demise. In response to the critics, one user who claimed to have “fought in Iraq with Marsh” labeled him a “very nice dude” and the “kinda guy you would rely on.”
“This isn’t who Marsh was; none of you are aware of what is happening and are hasty to criticize. At the end of the day, let us just hope he receives the support he requires to be the genuine Marsh. A significant issue is veterans’ PTSD caused by combat and the inadequate psychological care this nation provides them,” the user entered.
“Take a look at what caused someone to fall this far. If you all had to experience war and had to fight your own personal demons from those experiences,” he suggested in his letter.