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Guns seized, man held after Indiana school threat, police say

Police in Indiana say they found 47 guns in the home of a man who had threatened to attack an elementary school.

December 17, 2012|By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
  • Von I. Meyer, 60, was arrested in Cedar Lake, Ind. Police say they searched his home after he made threats about a nearby elementary school and found 47 guns.
Von I. Meyer, 60, was arrested in Cedar Lake, Ind. Police say they searched… (Lake County Sheriff's Department )

Police in Indiana said they found a stockpile of 47 guns hidden throughout the home of a man who had threatened to set fire to his wife and then walk to a nearby elementary school and "kill as many people as he could."

Von I. Meyer, 60, was arrested at his Cedar Lake home Saturday on suspicion of felony intimidation, resisting arrest and domestic battery.

Police in Cedar Lake, about 60 miles southeast of Chicago near the Illinois-Indiana state line, said they were called to the man's home after he threatened on Friday to kill his wife and open fire at Jane Ball Elementary School, located less than 1,000 feet from his home and connected by a series of trails through a wooded area.

Meyer told police he wanted to "kill as many people as he could before police could stop him," authorities said in a statement.

Authorities said they found 47 guns and ammunition with an estimated value of more than $100,000 hidden in Meyer's two-story home. Many of the guns seized during the search were considered collector's items, a statement said.

Police notified school officials, and security measures were taken at all local schools, the statement said.

The threat was made the same day that 26 people, including 20 students, were shot and killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Police identified Meyer as a member of a local motorcycle gang, the Invaders.

Meyer was being held without bail.

wesley.lowery@latimes.com

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