FBI investigators shoot dead man in Utah after threatening Biden

Status: 08/10/2023 08:08 a.m

Shortly before US President Biden’s visit to the state of Utah, a Trump supporter announced that he would take up arms. The man was shot dead during a raid.

Before Joe Biden visited Utah, FBI agents shot and killed a gunman who allegedly threatened to assassinate the President of the United States. Federal police said special agents were trying to serve an arrest warrant for the man from Provo, south of Salt Lake City, on Wednesday morning when the shooting happened.

The suspect wrote online Monday that he had heard Biden was coming to Utah. Now he wants to start “dusting off” his M24 sniper rifle. According to court documents, it was not his first threat against Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other state officials.

“The time has come for an assassination attempt or two”

In a Facebook post in September 2022, he wrote: “The time has come for an assassination attempt or two on the President. First Joe, then Kamala!!!”. Attorney General Merrick Garland and two New York prosecutors are said to have been threatened. The man referred to himself as a “MAGA Trumper” – a nod to former President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”

He also posted threats against senior law enforcement officials overseeing trials against Trump. Neighbors described the man to the AP as a frail elderly gentleman who walked with a cane. Although he regularly carried weapons, he was not perceived as a threat. According to his online profile, he was 74 years old.

Biden wants to talk about veterans

Biden flew into Utah on Wednesday night and plans to visit a Veterans Affairs hospital in Salt Lake City on Thursday. There he is scheduled to speak about the PACT Act, which expands benefits for veterans. He also plans to hold a fundraiser for his 2024 re-election campaign.

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