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Man accused of Facebook threats of 'Columbine' shooting at Illinois courthouse is arrested in Denver


A little over a month ago, Daniel McDade was facing only a driving-under-the-influence case in suburban Chicago.

Now he is being held in Denver for extradition to Illinois, charged with two new felonies over posts the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office says he put on Facebook threatening a “Columbine”-style shooting at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton, Ill.

McDade apparently became angry and made the posts when he learned he would be required to take a drug test as a condition of his bail in the DUI case, the Chicago Tribune and the Downers Grove Patch report.

In the posts, the 31-year-old threatened to shoot public officials, police and children at the courthouse, according to a press release from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

“All threats, no matter how extreme or seemingly insignificant, need to be taken seriously,” Sheriff John Zaruba said in the release. “It is my responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment for those who either attend or work in our courthouse.”

McDade was arrested in Denver on April 2 on charges of threatening a public official and disorderly conduct. Authorities said he was not supposed to leave Illinois under the conditions of his bail in the DUI case.

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