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Joseph "Joe" John Medved (click for larger version)
September 12, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — A Forsyth County man was arrested for making terroristic threats aimed at "shooting up a school with a long rifle."

Joseph "Joe" John Medved, 51, of Cumming, was arrested without incident at his home by the U.S. Marshal's Service and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

On Sept. 11, at a medical facility in Fulton County, he said he was going to shoot up a school.

Someone heard him say this and reported it authorities, said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Medved allegedly made the threats while at a methadone clinic, reported WSB-TV.

The same day, he attempted to purchase a gun at a pawn shop in Forsyth County.

The 24-hour background check wait prevented him from obtaining the rifle on the Sept. 11, Rainwater said.

Medved went back to the pawn shop on the morning of Sept. 12, where he was able to buy a shotgun once his background check was cleared.

A few minutes later, the sheriff's office started receiving reports of Medved shooting the shotgun in the woods near Goldmine Road at his home in north Forsyth County east of downtown Cumming.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office was able to get a warrant in for felony terroristic threats and acts for the comments he made on Sept. 11.

This was a collective effort by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, The U.S. Marshal's Service and the U.S. Joint Terrorism Task Force.

After searching Medved's home, authorities found two aerosol cans with nuts and bolts taped up with a tube coming from each end. That item was secured by bomb squad units searching his home on Sept. 12.

His son told a WSB-TV reporter that this is being "blown out of proportion."

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office kept school officials updated on the events taking place, Rainwater said. The threats were made regarding his former school in Gwinnett County.

At no time were threats made against a Forsyth County school, however since the man lives in Forsyth County, school safety department, school administrative staff and school resource officers were made aware of the alleged threat.

Forsyth County schools were not put on lockdown for this situation, a county school spokeswoman said.

Medved was granted a $50K bond Sept. 13. His next scheduled appearance is Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fulton County Justice Center Complex.

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