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Man who threatened shooting at Aloha High School sentenced

Posted: Updated: Jan 25, 2016 03:21 PM
Michael O'Toole, jail booking photo Michael O'Toole, jail booking photo

An armed man accused of threatening to open fire at Aloha High School and shoot Washington County deputies was sentenced to five years in prison.

The prison term for Michael O'Toole was suspended, however, pending his full compliance during five years of probation. 

O'Toole, 46, was arrested in May 2015.

Deputies said he called the non-emergency dispatch line from a 7-Eleven store on the 19000 block of Southwest TV Highway saying he had 1,000 rounds of ammunition and threatened to "shoot up everyone at the stands" at Aloha High School.

According to a probable cause affidavit, O'Toole also said, "if he saw one more Washington County deputy, he was going to shoot them," adding he would kill deputies, "like the dirty cops in New York."

A high-risk stop of his car led to the seizure of a Tec-9 firearm and 10 9mm rounds, according to investigators.

The arresting deputy said O'Toole admitted that he had called the non-emergency dispatch line for help, but said he could not remember what he had said because he was "so distraught," according to court documents.

Court documents state the deputy believed O'Toole intentionally caused public alarm by circulating a report of an "emergency or catastrophe" upon the school.

Aloha High School administrators sent a letter home to notify parents of the threats.

A possible motive was not revealed.

O'Toole pleaded no contest Friday to two charges of unlawful use of a weapon. As part of his plea agreement, two additional counts of the same charge were dismissed.

The story was updated with additional information about O'Toole's prison term being suspended pending his compliance with probation. 

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