Helena man arrested on suspicion of threatening school shooting

Jesse Chaney

Logan S. Pallister

A 23-year-old Helena man was arrested early Tuesday after officers received reports that he had made threats regarding a mass shooting at Helena High School and had access to weapons and possible explosive devices, police said.

Logan S. Pallister has been charged with two felony counts of intimidation and one felony count of possession of explosives. 

Authorities said they heard from the complainant Monday and did not know when the alleged threat was planned to occur. Pallister has often made threats of committing a mass shooting at Helena High School, according to court documents.

Pallister reportedly told witnesses he idolized and would reenact the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shooting in which two teen gunmen killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves, according to a document filed Tuesday in Justice Court. The arrest comes a week after a teen gunman entered a school in Uvalde, Texas and killed 19 children and two teachers.

Pallister was arrested early Tuesday in front of his residence. Helena police said he had eight firearms, including three semi-automatic rifles and five

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