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WASHINGTON, Mo(KMOV.com) – A Union, Missouri man was charged Thursday with possession of a controlled substance following a series of events that eventually led the Washington, Missouri public school system to close for the day.According to police, Thomas Wingfield, 33,  was seen waving a handgun at a stranded motorist on Interstate 70 in StPeters early Thursday morning."He actually pulled a handgun on an individual that was broke down on the highway near Highway 70 and Mid Rivers Mall area," said Detective Sergeant Steve Sitze with the Washington Police Department. Officers in O'Fallon located Wingfield at a nearby convenience store and seized a handgun from himHe was arrested for stealing candy.A witness who was with Wingfield earlier in the night said Wingfield had attempted to purchase an additional handgun and 500 rounds of ammunition but was deniedThe witness also told police Wingfield stated that there "would be a shooting" at 7:00 a.mThursday.Court records say Thomas Wingfield, 33, was recently suspended from his job with the Washington School District. After the arrest, Union police officers searched Wingfield's home, where they found 35 grams of marijuana and seized two boxes for rifles that were recently purchased.The situation, which unfolded early Thursday, prompted school officials to cancel all activities, despite no direct threat being made to the school's employees or studentsThe 4Warn Storm Mode Tour stop scheduled for Thursday night at Washington High School was also canceled.Download the KMOV News app for breaking news alertsPolice said Wingfield made statements about his second and fourth amendment rightsThey also said there was a concern for the man's mental state."He was not operating in the right frame of mind at this point, not dealing with reality too well," Sitze said.Washington Police officials said they did not have a lot of time to look into the employee's background and the situation before the school day started so they made the decision to close schools out of an abundance of caution. “Although there isn’t any threat to our schools, more time is needed to analyze this concern,” the district tweeted Thursday morning.The district also said all scheduled events for Thursday, including athletic practices, Band Night and the play 'A Seussified Pride and Prejudice' are also canceled. News 4 is currently working on a makeup date for the Storm Mode Tour.

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