Duluth man charged for threats of violence, possession of machine gun conversion kit following Duluth East lockdown

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DULUTH, MN — A Duluth man is facing two charges after being arrested last Friday for allegedly making a series of threats related to engaging in gun fire with law enforcement.

According to the criminal complaint, Travis Busch, of Duluth, is charged with one count of threats of violence, and one count of possession of a machine gun conversion kit.

The complaint states officers were notified of the incident shortly after noon on April 5.

Police say they were able to track down Busch, who was at East High School, for work. Busch was supervising a student for a shift in the cafeteria as a job coach at the time. Officials say Busch is not an employee of the School District.

The complaint states police were able to notify the School District, which placed the school on lockdown.

Police then found Busch and the student locked inside a cold storage room in the cafeteria.

Police say they searched Busch’s vehicle, and found a compact .357 pistol, which was cocked, and with a round in the chamber, in the trunk of the car in a boot.

The complaint states the gun was loaded with hollow point rounds.

Busch was then arrested and taken to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was cleared by medical staff before being taken to the St. Louis County Jail.

According to the complaint, Busch made threats such as “I can get in with a few machine guns, kill the one officer first and go to town”, and “If the cops come they will die through the door”.

While messaging the third party, the complaint states Busch made a reference to an individual convicted of a school shooting, and sent a link to a YouTube video of the individuals sentencing, and referred to him as “my hero.”

The complaint goes on to say Busch continued to discuss a variety of modifications that he could make, and has made to the various firearms he owned, comparing his fire capabilities to the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas.

When asked if he had a plan, the complaint states Busch answered with “I have lots of plans”, and he could padlock shut a movie theater with a lower entrance, and shoot the people inside like “fish in a barrel”.

In addition, the complaint stated that in the alternative, he could shoot the high school, and sent several more messages while he was at East High School, stating he was at the school and didn’t know what he was going to do.

Another search warrant was done at Busch’s home in Duluth.

Police say they found an 8 mm Mauser bolt action rifle inside of a case in the living room, which had a round in the chamber, a pump style rifle Remington 141, a handgun with one round of ammunition in the chamber and a loaded magazine, a Ruger 1022 with a scope, a collapsible buttstock, and a banana style magazine in the firearm.

In addition, police say there was a .22 caliber round in the barrel, and the magazine was loaded.

According to the complaint, a box for a slide fire tack-22 modification, which is believed to give the firearm fully automatic capabilities, was also found, as well as a rifle grip and trigger assembly, which had a selector switch which gave the option for semi-automatic fire and fully-automatic fire.

Busch made his initial court appearance Tuesday morning, where bail was set at $200,000.

His next court date is scheduled for April 30th.

This is a developing story, and we will provide more details as they become available.

The full criminal complaint can be found below:

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Krystal Frasier

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