A Springfield man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly posted on social media stating, “a few,” Clark County Sheriff’s deputies were “gonna get smoked.”
Jackie Eubank, 57, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty to making a terroristic threat and inducing panic in Clark County Municipal Court on Thursday. Eubank was given a bail of $200,000.
As of Thursday afternoon, Eubank was listed as an inmate in the Clark County Jail.
Eubank was arrested on Wednesday after the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center was informed by a deputy that Eubank “had been going around taking pictures of deputies, parking and watching them from a distance and made comments in reference deputies being lucky he had not shot them,” according to an affidavit filed in Eubank’s case.
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The deputy spotted Eubank’s car driving towards Dayton Road and briefly followed him, but did not initiate a traffic stop, the affidavit said. Afterward, all units were advised, as well as the Springfield Police Divison, to be on the lookout for Eubank in regards to officer safety, the affidavit said.
Shortly after this occurred, Eubank began posting on his Twitter account, the affidavit said.
“YOU WAIT! I’LL BE DOWN AT THAT COURTHOUSE AT 8:00 A.M. WHERE A FEW ARE GONNA GET SMOKED,” Eubank’s tweet allegedly said. “MIGHT AS WELL SMOKE ONE SINCE I GOT ACCUSED OF IT. COURT, ODJFS, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.”
Eubank allegedly fired off seven more tweets threatening officers, some of which included pictures of sheriff’s office cars or deputies working.
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After the tweets were posted sheriff’s office units began patrolling in and around the courthouse building, he affidavit said.
“While patrolling in the area (a sheriff’s office sergeant) witnessed a subject fitting the description of Jackie Eubank walking up to a court building. He observed this subject turn around and then walk back towards a vehicle,” the affidavit said.
Multiple units responded in regard, “to this alarming and suspicious activity.” Eubank was then arrested near Fountain Avenue.
“Due to the fact that Mr. Eubank has been making a point to stalk law enforcement officers from a distance, take pictures of law enforcement officers in marked and personal vehicles, attempt to follow them around town and has made threats Mr. Eubanks actions has caused great alarm and concern,” the affidavit said.
The next court date in Eubank’s case has not yet been scheduled.
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