At 8:10am on 06/17/2016, Franklin Police Officers were summoned to a Franklin fitness center, after staff there called to report a man creating a disturbance inside. Arriving officers located the subject in the locker room. During their assessment, officers became concerned that the subject was experiencing a mental health emergency, and requested medical assistance. The subject was transported by ambulance, under police escort, to the hospital for a comprehensive mental health evaluation. No assault or mention of violence was reported to officers who responded to the fitness center.
A short time later, the subject told hospital staff that he was planning to join a terrorist organization. The Franklin Police Department immediately investigated the statement and promptly notified the FBI, while mental health professionals continued their thorough evaluation of the subject. The Department continues our work with the FBI and other agencies, as recently as today, to further evaluate the subject and his statements.
“This situation has our full attention,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will continue to act promptly and judiciously whenever there is a concern for the safety of anyone in our community.”