Former Ohio Cop Charged With Threatening Violence In D.C.

Jan 14, 2021


A Florida man and former Ohio police officer has been charged with making online threats involving potential violence in Washington, D.C. 

The Haines City Police Department says 53-year-old Shannon Badgett is charged with communicating a written threat to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism.  Badgett is a former officer for Lake Township in the Toledo area.

Investigators say a social media contact of Badgett’s reported his posts.  One post suggested that he would be going to what he called the "target rich environment" of D.C. if President Trump failed to declare martial law.  In that post Badgett typed "PEW PEW PEW" to suggest gunfire.

Other posts also expressed frustration with what Badgett considers election fraud in the 2020 presidential vote. Election officials across the country have confirmed there was no widespread fraud.