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Kentucky authorities believe they saved lives by arresting a heavily armed man as he was backing out of his driveway in a car full of guns, ammunition and detailed plans to attack schools before the end of the day.
Dylan Jarrell, who lives close to Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, possessed a firearm, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof Kevlar vest and a 100-round high-capacity magazine, Kentucky State Police Sgt Josh Lawson said Friday.
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Jarrell, 20, later was arrested on charges that included terroristic threatening.
'There's no doubt in my mind that as a result of this investigation, we saved lives,' state police Commissioner Rick Sanders said at a press conference in Frankfort.
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'This young man had it in his mind to go to schools and create havoc.'
He added that Jarrell 'was caught backing out of his driveway with the tools he needed to commit this heinous act'.
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'He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary. And the only thing that stood between him and evil ... is law enforcement,' Sanders said.
Evidence suggested Jarrell might have been headed to a school when he was stopped, state police said.
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Jarrell was stopped by authorities about 2.30pm Thursday, state police said.
That was shortly before students, parents and teachers would have been clustered outside at the end of the school day.
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Anderson County schools end classes between 2.45pm and 3.05pm, local schools Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said.
Officials did not reveal what kind of gun he had.
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Mitchell praised the work of law enforcement on Friday, saying in a phone interview: 'We're very blessed. I do think their efforts did avoid a disaster.'
State police, who worked with local and federal authorities, said they considered it a 'credible and imminent threat' against schools in Anderson and neighboring Shelby counties.
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