Rolla, MO – (01/25/18) On January 21st, just after 2:00 PM, authorities were alerted about a S&T student, Alexander Beetler, making threats to open fire on campus utilizing an assault rifle. After Phelps County authorities contacted Beetler’s father, Darrell Beetler. Darrell said that Alexander had a physical altercation with his sister in Lamar, Missouri, and Alexander had stated he was going to kill Darrell and empty the rest of the clips on the Missouri S&T campus. Darrell stated Alexander did possess an AK-47 rifle and approximately 900 rounds of ammunition.
Police also contacted Alexander’s sister, Rachel Berryhill, who stated that she received Facebook messages from Alexander noting that Alexander has contemplated expending all six AK-47 rifle magazines on the S&T University campus. She also stated that Alexander said he would kill Darrell for his freedom. Alexander later showed up to Rachel’s residence, slapping her and grabbing her hair. Rachel’s husband come out from another room and pulled Alexander off her. Rachel stated that, in the past, Alexander has never threatened to harm anyone else but himself. Rachel stated she had reported the incident to the Lamar Police Department.
Police obtained screen shots of the Facebook Messenger communications between Rachel and Alexander, confirming Alexander’s threats on the university and his father.
A Phelps County State search warrant was executed at Alexander Beetler’s residence, 17035 Missouri Highway 8, in St. James, Missouri. Upon entry into the apartment, a black AK-47 style weapon was observed in the room along with several rounds of ammunition and loaded magazines. The weapon and ammunition were seized as evidence. The weapon seized was described as a Century Arms 7.62 X 39mm caliber rifle, with serial number RAS47086057. The weapon was loaded with a thirty-round magazine and one live round in the rifle’s chamber. There were also six rifle magazines loaded with thirty live rounds of ammunition in each magazine and the magazines were housed in a style of holster typically worn on the chest of the user.
Additionally, a total of approximately 687 live rounds were seized from boxes in the residence.
The total number of rounds found in the residence equaled approximately 211 rounds in the weapon and magazines and approzimately 687 rounds in boxes. Also found in the warrant was an invoice from the Sportsman Guide addressed to Alexander Beetler for the purchase of 1000 rounds of ammunition and 6 rifle magazines.