Chief Tusken: East Incident Response "Very Successful"

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 11, 2019 02:07 PM

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken is calling Friday's law enforcement response to Duluth East High School "very successful." Police arrested a 35-year-old man who was allegedly making threats to the school. 

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Tusken says that Duluth Police have responded to threats against schools in the past, but acknowledged that this one was different because of what they were dealing with. He says they first had to identify where the threat was. 

Duluth Police officers were sent to 30 different private and public schools across the city. 

Tusken says initially they didn't know where the suspect, Travis John Anthony Warner Busch was located.

They were able to figure out he was at Duluth East from having cell phone providers send out a ping to track his phone. 

After 59 minutes, the 35-year-old Busch was arrested without incident in a dry storage area. 

"Now I think about what could have happened, and reading the paper of we got lucky. I say we got really lucky," said Officer Bill Stauber. "Our patrol staff did a great job with gathering the information, and continuing to give us information," he said.  

Tusken says most of the 59 minutes were spent trying to figure out where the suspect was and where to send officers to.

"I think our response demonstrates the seriousness that we took the concern. We will treat it as real, and as serious until we learn otherwise, and that's the way we operate with any one of these threats of violence," said Tusken.

Busch allegedly sent messages to a close relative saying things like, "I can get in with a few machine guns, kill the one officer first, and go to town", "If the cops come they will die through the door", and "oh by the way this is hypothetical." 

Duluth Police say they train for situations like this. This is still an open and active investigation.


Ryan Juntti

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