Florida sheriff’s deputy charged for threatening to kill officials after US Capitol riot

BARTOW, Florida — A Florida deputy has been arrested for threatening to kill federal officials following the riot at the US Capitol earlier this month, officials say.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announces during a news conference that Deputy Peter Heneen, 29, is charged with making written threats to kill, conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. The deputy, who was hired more than six years ago, has been suspended pending termination, Judd says.

“I am angry beyond words,” Judd says. “Having him arrested was important. Having him arrested before Inauguration Day was even more important.”

Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as president today in front of the US Capitol building in Washington. Congress had met there January 6 to certify the results of the presidential election. But an angry mob coming from a President Donald Trump rally near the White House broke into the Capitol, forcing members of Congress to flee. Five people died during the riot, including one Capitol Police officer.

Heneen had been communicating with another deputy on Facebook private messenger, angry about a rioter who had been fatally shot while trying to break through a door, the sheriff’s office says.

According to screenshots of the conversation, Heneen talked about shooting “the feds” and making “the streets of DC run red with the blood of these tyrants,” officials say.

The other deputy, who officials don’t name, reported Heneen to his supervisors on January 8. Judd says they’re still investigating, but Heneen doesn’t appear to be part of any organized group or militia.

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

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