Report: Pastor Arrested After Threatening To Shoot-Up His Old Congregation

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Pastor Paul Michaelson was arrested after threatening to shoot up the congregation he was previously apart of.

San Mateo Pastor Paul Michaelson was arrested last week after he delivered four letters threatening to shoot up the congregation of the church he was previously apart of, according to The Mercury News.

Michaelson delivered the letters detailing the plans of the shooting to a San Carlos church where he was previously a member of the congregation. Michaelson is 79 years old and currently serves as the pastor of a Lutheran church in San Mateo.

Michaelson’s letters allegedly chronicled a “deeply rooted” anger against Holy Lutheran that brewed during his time as a congregation member at some point in years past, Blankswade said.

Investigators declined to share more about the grievances, but they resulted in specific threats against church members pegged to this Sunday, Blankswade said, adding that there is no evidence at this time that the threats stemmed from a documented mental illness.

The letters were dated between the dates of January 7, 2020, and January 16, 2020. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported that Michaelson dropped off the letters to the Holy Trinity Church in San Carlos that stated his plans to shoot members of the congregation that Sunday.

Michaelson was arrested at his home last Thursday on suspicion of terrorist threats and violation of civil rights by threat of force. A thorough search was conducted in his home, but no weapons were found.

Pastor Paul Michaelson was arrested after threatening to shoot up the congregation he was previously apart of.

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