Sheriff: No evidence man arrested near Madison campus is connected to school

Sheriff: No evidence man arrested near Madison campus is connected to school
Bryan Miller (Photo: Middletown Police Department)
Bryan Miller (Photo: Middletown Police Department)

MADISON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Investigators are trying to determine why an armed man was sleeping in his vehicle parked only 1200 feet from school property Thursday morning.

Butler County sheriff deputies found Bryan Miller, 23, with two handguns and a box of ammunition at 5670 West Alexandria Road around 7 a.m. Madison Junior/Senior High School is just around the corner.

Sources told FOX19 NOW's Tricia Macke that they found 700 rounds of ammunition in the box.

Miller was arrested and taken in for questioning.

"We do not know what his intentions were at this time, but we are not taking any chances what-so-ever," Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said. There is no evidence linking the suspect to the Madison School District, but it is being actively investigated.  We are not ruling anything out."

He is charged with improper handling of a firearm and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

The Madison Local School District is already on high alert after a 14-year-old student brought a gun to school and open fired in the cafeteria Monday. Four students were injured.

Some parents were concerned after neighboring Middletown City School district sent an automated phone alert that said "Madison Schools unfortunately has had another incident." Madison City Schools spokesperson said word of Middletown's automated message spread to Madison students, who were unaware of the arrest near campus.

The Middletown alert did not describe the incident, but said it was under control and an arrest made.

"Early this morning, immediately following the suspect being taken into custody, Butler County Sheriff Department communicated with us that this was unrelated and there was no need for concern for our students or parents," a release sent to parents from the school read. "It was not until inaccurate information was circulating that it became a necessity to relay immediate and accurate information to our parents."

Middletown later clarified the notification. In a Facebook post, the district acknowledged the confusion and said they were not trying to induce panic.

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