A Florida man who threatened to shoot U.S. senators who vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court was arrested Thursday.
The Ledger reported that 58-year-old James Patrick of Winter Haven made the threat in a Facebook post, also threatening the lives of law enforcement officers.
> According to the Sheriff’s Office, Patrick threatened to shoot members of Congress depending on the outcome of the confirmation hearing, as well as any law enforcement officer who showed up at his home. Patrick had firearms and ammunition in his home, deputies said.
> “I can tell it seems I will be sacrificing my life for my country,” Patrick posted on Facebook on Sept. 27. “But I am ready and will know who needs to be killed after the vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.”
> Patrick went on to use racial slurs and graphic language in a Sept. 29 post. According to the Sheriff’s Office website, bail for Patrick is set at $500,000. His only prior arrest in Polk County took place in December 2009 for battery.
Sheriff Grady Judd said the public should “calm down, and stop making threats of violence.”
> “Anyone who threatens to shoot or kill any public servant or law enforcement officer will go to jail immediately.”