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Phone-in threat to prison prompts police response

(TAYLORVILLE) — A large group of Illinois State Police and local law enforcement corrugated outside of the Taylorville Correctional Center southeast of Taylorville late Friday afternoon. Authorities say the presence of law enforcement came after a threat was phoned into the Taylorville Police Department.

According to information released by the Taylorville police, at approximately 12:38 p.m., the department received a call of an active shooter at the Taylorville prison and that the person or persons might be on the grounds. Several Taylorville officers responded to the scene and secured the area.

No subjects were located and officers checked all vehicles and buildings surrounding the prison.

Once the Illinois State Police arrived on the scene, the investigation was turned over to them and the Taylorville units cleared the scene.

“No threat to our city, we have police in the area as a precaution. If you see something please report it immediately,” stated the information. “With all these active shooter incidents taken place in our country we take this very serious.”

During the investigation, dozens upon dozens of police vehicles and some SWAT units were positioned in the parking lot of the prison and others were staged in the yard of the Shelby County Cooperative yard across Route 29 from the prison.

It appears the ISP are continuing their investigation. State police have not released any information involving the incident.

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