Sheriff: Deputy charged with threats after US Capitol attack


Capitol police officers stand outside of fencing that was installed around the exterior of the Capitol grounds, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 in Washington. The House and Senate certified the Democrat’s electoral college win early Thursday after a violent throng of pro-Trump rioters spent hours Wednesday running rampant through the Capitol. A woman was fatally shot, windows were bashed and the mob forced shaken lawmakers and aides to flee the building, shielded by Capitol Police. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida deputy has been arrested for threatening to kill federal officials following the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced that Deputy Peter Heneen was charged Tuesday with making written threats to kill, conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism.

Judd says the the deputy has been suspended pending termination.

Officials say Heneen had been communicating with another deputy on Facebook private messenger.

Officials say Heneen talked about shooting federal officials and causing the streets of Washington to be filled with blood.

Online jail records didn’t list an attorney for Heneen.

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