Canton police on Tuesday arrested a man witnesses said threatened to get a gun and shoot people at the city utility office.

According to Canton Police Department spokesman Pacer Cordry:

Malton Howard Nelson, 69, of 451 Hospital Road, Canton was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats. 

On Tuesday just after 5 p.m., Canton police officers responded that a customer at the city utility department at city hall, 110 Academy St. was unhappy with the service he received "and made a statement that he was going to get his gun and come back to shoot everyone."

Detectives spoke to witnesses and to Nelson, who confessed. He was arrested just before 8:30 pm. and was booked into the Cherokee County jail on a charge of making terroristic threats.

“I am very proud of the swift work of our detectives and the fact we were able to intervene and bring a safe and successful resolution to this incident," Canton Police Chief Mark J. Mitchell said. "Our city staff works very hard as it relates to solving problems and brings very professional customer service to our citizenry. We will not tolerate someone threatening violence and will investigate these potentially volatile situations.”

Nelson was released from jail on a $2,812 bond Wednesday.

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