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Norwalk High School Worker With Rifle On Campus Made Threats, Police Say

Leslie Delaney and the 22-caliber rifle.
Leslie Delaney and the 22-caliber rifle. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

A Norwalk High School employee who had a 22-caliber rifle in the trunk of his car was charged with making threatening comments, according to Norwalk Police.

The School Resource Officer assigned to Norwalk High School was contacted by school security regarding a threats complaint that security and the school administration had just been made aware of at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, Norwalk Police said.

The resource officer learned that on Friday, Aug. 30, a school cafeteria worker had a conversation with a co-worker named Leslie Delaney, according to police.

During this conversation, police say the 69-year-old Delaney stated that if the co-worker saw him in his army fatigues, the co-worker should leave because he will have an AK-47 and that he could come to finish everything and then "off" himself.

Additional officers responded to Norwalk High School and contacted Delaney, who was in the cafeteria.

Delaney, a resident of Hamden, was escorted outside the building and interviewed.

During the interview, he admitted to making those comments and suggested they were a joke, police said.

Based on additional information obtained during the investigation, Delaney was transported by ambulance to the Norwalk Hospital for an evaluation.

Officers received consent to search Delaney’s vehicle, which was parked at Norwalk High School.

While searching the vehicle officers located a .22 caliber Mossberg rifle in the trunk, police said, noting that the rifle was not loaded and there was no ammunition in the vehicle.

Delaney was arrested and transported to the Norwalk Police Department where he was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, threatening and breach of peace with a $75,000 bond.

Officers also executed a search warrant at Delaney’s residence, however, no weapons or ammunition were located.

Based on the investigation, it was determined that there was no immediate threat to students or staff. However additional School Resource Officers will be at Norwalk High School on Wednesday to provide an added sense of security.

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