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Warrants issued for suspect in threatening Snapchat message

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 19:27:06-05

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — A disturbing picture with a caption was posted to Snapchat on Thursday, and it had people around Jessamine County concerned for their safety, particularly those who attend, or work inside West Jessamine High School.

The picture showed someone holding a gun in his/her left hand while driving by a Nicholasville police officer, who was parked outside the high school, working traffic detail. On the picture a caption read: “Retaliation.” Once that photo began to circulate, panic set in as no one knew the intended target of the threatening message.

“Through the investigation we’ve been able to determine that it was towards law enforcement, not the school,” said Sergeant Kevin Grimes of the Nicholasville PD. But he added that it was too early on in the investigation to locate the person behind the Snapchat posting.

“Going through all the legalities of social media,” Grimes said of the process going forward. “We’re going to have to write search warrants, and we’re going to have to do lots of things to get information,” he added.

Nicholasville police posted an update on social media saying that through their investigation they determined that the message was posted by Kristopher M. Cole, 19.

Detectives have issued warrants for Cole including Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

If anyone knows Cole's whereabouts, contact the Nicholasville Police Dept. at 859-885-9467. Officers did not provide a photo of the suspect.