Former police officer arrested in terroristic threatening case

Former police officer arrested in terroristic threatening case
Chad Schmersal (Source: Vinelink via Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - A former Jonesboro police officer reportedly told someone he was going to kill two people, then himself and that "he would be seeing him on the news later that day", authorities said Wednesday.

Chad David Schmersal was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, three counts of aggravated assault on a family or household member, two counts of misdemeanor carrying a weapon, and disorderly conduct in connection with the case.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Brookland police got a call Feb. 26 from a man about threats Schmersal reportedly made to him. Brookland police detectives then spoke to the man, who said he was told by a co-worker about threats Schmersal made to kill the victim and other people.

The man told police that the threats were specific in nature, including killing the victim, a woman and then himself.

"He was going to use a gun to do it, that he was going to kill them at Whitten Creek Apartments today, that it was going to be bloody and that .... would be seeing him on the news later that day," according to the probable cause affidavit.

Brookland police later got a call from the woman, the affidavit said.

"She stated that she needed help and an officer at her residence right away. Detectives could hear a male voice through the phone screaming obscenities and what sounded like loud banging on a door. Detectives could also hear children crying loudly on the other end of the phone," the affidavit noted.

Police then went to the scene.

As detectives remained on the phone on the way to the scene, the woman could be heard screaming and pleading for Schmersal to stop trying to break down the door, police said.

Officers saw Schmersal trying to get into the apartment and were able to arrest him after telling him three times to surrender, police said. Officers also found a .40 Caliber Sig Sauer semiautomatic pistol and a Kel-Tec .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol on Schmersal.

A $200,000 cash/surety bond was set for Schmersal, who was also ordered not to have any contact with the victims, Brookland schools, Whitten Creek apartments and has to forfeit all firearms.

He must also wear an ankle monitor.

Schmersal next court date is scheduled for March 30.

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