Suspect in custody after Las Vegas-style shooting threat

Tishomingo County authorities arrested a man after he called in a “Las Vegas-style” threat into the courthouse earlier this month.

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 8:08 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 8:08 PM

TISHOMINGO COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Tishomingo County authorities arrested a man after he called in a “Las Vegas-style” threat into the courthouse earlier this month.

The court clerk who picked up the phone says 47-year-old Bernard Hird Junior he would “go postal” like the guy in Las Vegas.

The conversation was over his missed court date. The court says Hird failed to stop at a weigh station in the county.

“He called in and was just real upset and made the threat to the court clerk,” said Sheriff John Daughtery.

This, just days after the mass shooting in Nevada where dozens lost their life.

The clerk immediately contacted authorities.

Hird was captured in Jonesboro, Georgia during a traffic stop.

The truck driver already has a lengthy past with the law.

He served six years in Florida for two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and was charged in Coweta, Georgia, with two counts of stolen property.

“Anytime when you threaten somebody, we have to take it seriously,” said Daughtery. “We want to air on the side of good judgement and make sure everybody is safe.”

Hird was working at Tyson Foods at one point, but is not employed there currently. According to the sheriff, that delayed the search.   

Nevertheless, it was a large effort on law enforcement’s effort, which paid off.

“Just doing what we can do to keep our folks safe and working with other agencies, other sheriff’s departments in about three other states to catch this guy,” said Daughtery.  

Hird is charged now with cyberstalking/email threats. His bond is set at $100,000.

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