Police: Man threatened to bring gun to work in Brodhead

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Gazette staff
Friday, August 18, 2017

BRODHEAD–Authorities continued searching Friday for a man who threatened he'd bring a gun to work at Stoughton Trailers in Brodhead on Thursday.

Brodhead police were looking for James W. Colley III, 38. He's suspected of threatening to take a gun to Stoughton Trailers at 302 23rd St., according to a Brodhead police news release.

Police said Stoughton Trailers' plant management was investigating the threat Colley is suspected of making after a dispute with a Stoughton Trailers coworker.

The plant went on lockdown and police were called at about 5:17 p.m. Thursday. Plant managers at the time were unable to find Colley at the plant. Police checked a residence in the 1600 block of 19th Street, where they believe Colley might be living but found only his vehicle.

Police believe Colley might have been at Stoughton Trailers on Thursday but left before police arrived, based on information from coworkers. Police did not give details of the dispute between Colley and a co-worker.

The plant was taken off lockdown shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, but plant officials opted to keep the plant shut down overnight for security reasons, police said.

Police still were searching for Colley on Friday morning, and they were considering him armed and dangerous.

Colley also has a warrant in Illinois charging him with battery, police said.

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