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Man threatens ‘Columbine-type’ attack on courthouse

Daniel P. McDade / phofrom DuPage County Sheriff's office

Daniel P. McDade / photo from DuPage County Sheriff's office

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Updated: April 8, 2013 8:04PM

A west suburban man was charged with threatening a “Columbine-type” shooting at the DuPage County Courthouse.

Daniel P. McDade, 31, of Lombard, was out on bond from a DUI charge and had been ordered by a judge to abstain from drugs or alcohol, and to remain in Illinois, according to the DuPage County Sheriff’s office.

When he was notified that he was to appear at the courthouse in Wheaton on April 4 for a drug test, he became upset and posted threatening messages on Facebook, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

In the posts, McDade threatened to shoot several people, including children, police officers and officials at the courthouse in a Columbine-type shooting, authorities said.

Sheriff’s detectives began investigating after someone tipped off authorities about the threats, the release stated.

On April 2, detectives learned McDade was in Denver, Colo., and notified Denver police, who found him living in a hotel and arrested him.

McDade faces felony counts of threatening a public official and disorderly conduct, the statement said.

He is being held in the Denver County Jail awaiting extradition to DuPage County.

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