Police believe a Lebanon man, armed with multiple weapons, planned to carry out a mass shooting before he was arrested Monday afternoon at a factory in Springfield.
Matthew R. Smith, 37, has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespassing.
According to Smith’s arrest report, officers were dispatched to L&B Manufacturing on Industry Drive in Springfield after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle and a trespassing complaint. At approximately 4 p.m., Springfield police officers saw Smith in a 2003 white Chevrolet Silverado, which matched the description of the reported suspicious vehicle.
The first officer approached Smith and asked his name. Smith began making “furtive movements” in the vehicle and asked the officer for his badge number, the arrest report said.
The officer asked Smith for his name again and then asked him to step out of the vehicle. Smith refused, according to police.
According to the report, the officer then opened the vehicle’s driver’s side door and he noticed a Glock handgun in Smith’s hand. Smith began to raise it toward the officer who grabbed it from Smith’s hand, giving it to the second officer on the scene.
The arrest report said Smith resisted and reached for the front of his waistband where officers found another handgun, a Springfield XD.
After being taken to the ground and handcuffed, officers found another Glock handgun in a holster on Smith’s ankle. They also found a Colt modified fully automatic rifle with a 40-round magazine in the front passenger seat, a .308 rifle and multiple fully loaded magazines for each weapon.
All weapons were fully loaded with a round in the chamber, according to the police report.
When interviewed by police, Smith said he was at L&B Manufacturing trying to find a woman who he said he dropped off that morning. He told police she hadn’t been answering his calls or text messages. He said he showed up to wait for her and believed employees were watching him in the parking lot.
Smith told officers he believed the female was being “trafficked.” He also told officers he “brought what he needed to get the job done,” the arrest report said.
Police said Smith appeared to have been planning an “active shooter situation” at L&B Manufacturing.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also is investigating and federal charges are possible.
Smith is being held without bond in the Marion County Detention Center. He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday on the state charges.