MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A man is being held on a $10,000 bond after he allegedly told deputies he would commit “the next Dallas shooting while being stopped for a driving violation,” according to a release.
The incident began on Oct. 14 when deputies observed a black Lexus speeding 90 mph on eastbound I-40 toward the Germantown Parkway exit.
Police say the suspect weaved between vehicles, “taunting deputies” and cut off multiple vehicles on the interstate before exiting the side.
After exiting Germantown Parkway, the suspect was forced to stop due to traffic. Deputies were then able to arrest him.
The driver was Christopher D. Caldwell, 21, of Cordova.
Once inside the squad car, Caldwell repeatedly told deputies that “when he gets out of jail, he’s going to be wearing his tactical gear and he’s going to be on the news.”
He also said he would “do the next Dallas shoot … something like Uvalde in Texas.”
Caldwell recalled the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which an 18-year-old former student killed 19 children, two teachers and wounded 17 others.
Inside Caldwell’s vehicle, deputies found a loaded handgun with 17 9mm rounds inside the magazine, a box of 10 9mm Luger rounds, a box of 87 Winchester 9mm rounds and an empty box of .308 rifle rounds.
A magazine bag was also found in the trunk of the car.
Caldwell is charged with speeding, reckless driving and threatening public violence on school property.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning.
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