A Utah man who allegedly posted threats to Joe Biden online was shot and killed Wednesday morning during an FBI raid.
“The FBI in Salt Lake City said the shooting occurred around 6:15 am. local time while special agents attempted to serve arrest and search warrants at a residence in Provo,” ABC News reports.
A federal complaint reportedly said Craig Robertson, the deceased suspect, faced three counts.
The three counts included:
- Interstate threats
- Threats against the president
- Influencing, impeding and retaliating against federal law enforcement officers by threat
Robertson allegedly threatened to kill Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and officials involved in prosecuting President Trump in numerous social media posts.
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🚨 #BREAKING: A Utah man accused of "threatening" President Joe Biden has been shot and killed during an FBI raid at his home, according to ABC.
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ABC News reports:
The complaint includes numerous social media posts believed to have been made by Robertson threatening to kill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as several officials involved in prosecuting former President Donald Trump.Advertisement
The president is scheduled to visit Utah on Wednesday.
Among the posts allegedly made by Robertson was one published on Aug. 6, three days before Biden’s scheduled visit, according to the complaint. “I hear Biden is coming to Utah. Digging out my old ghillie suit and cleaning the dust off the M24 sniper rifle,” the post said, according to the complaint, which referred to the post as a “willful true threat to kill or cause injury to kill President Biden.”
Senior staff briefed Biden on the incident Wednesday morning, a White House official told ABC News.
A U.S. Secret Service spokesperson said the agency is aware of the FBI investigation “involving an individual in Utah who has exhibited threats towards a Secret Service protectee” and referred any questions to the FBI.
This is a developing news story. Check back for updates as they become available.