FBI Fatally Shoots Utah Man Suspected of Threatening Biden

Legislation enforcement examine the scene of a taking pictures involving the FBI Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023 in Provo, Utah. A person accused of constructing threats in opposition to President Joe Biden was shot and killed by FBI brokers hours earlier than the president was anticipated to land within the state Wednesday, authorities stated. (Laura Seitz/The Deseret Information by way of AP)

By Lindsay Whitehurst and Sam Metz

A Utah man accused of constructing threats in opposition to President Joe Biden was shot and killed by FBI brokers hours earlier than the president was anticipated to land within the state Wednesday, authorities stated.

Particular brokers had been attempting to serve a warrant on the house of Craig Deleeuw Robertson in Provo, south of Salt Lake Metropolis, when the taking pictures occurred at 6:15 a.m., the FBI stated in a press release.

Robertson posted on-line Monday that he had heard Biden was coming to Utah and he was planning to dig out a camouflage swimsuit and “clear the mud off the m24 sniper rifle,” based on court docket paperwork.

In one other publish, Robertson refers to himself as a “MAGA Trumper,” a reference to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Nice Once more” slogan.

The posts indicated he did seem to personal a long-range sniper rifle and quite a few different weapons, in addition to camouflage gear often called a “ghillie swimsuit,” investigators stated in court docket data. Robertson was charged below seal Tuesday with three felony counts, together with making threats in opposition to the president, court docket paperwork present.

Robertson additionally referenced a “presidential assassination” and made different threats in opposition to Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg, U.S. Legal professional Basic Merrick Garland and New York Legal professional Basic Letitia James, court docket paperwork state.

“The time is true for a presidential assassination or two. First Joe then Kamala!!!” authorities say Robertson wrote in a September 2022 Fb publish included within the filings. No lawyer was instantly listed for Robertson in court docket paperwork.

No additional particulars had been instantly launched in regards to the taking pictures, which is below assessment by the FBI.

Biden is in the course of a visit to the Western United States. He spent Wednesday in New Mexico, the place he spoke at a manufacturing facility that may produce wind towers, and is scheduled to fly to Utah later within the day.

On Thursday, he’s anticipated to go to a Veterans Affairs hospital to speak in regards to the PACT Act, which expanded veterans advantages, and maintain a reelection fundraiser.

Whitehurst reported from Washington. Related Press author Chris Megerian contributed to this report.