Florida Woman Threatens Mass Shooting During Funeral for K-9 Killed in the Line of Duty

A woman was arrested on suspicion of threatening to carry out a mass shooting during a memorial service for a police dog killed in the line of duty.

Jill Hoffman, 66, of Boca Raton, Florida, was accused of making more than 100 threats on the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's (PBSO) Facebook page using a fake profile.

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Under the name "Michael R Reed," Hoffman allegedly wrote, "Great venue for a mass shooting. You don't have the sense you were born with," underneath a post regarding a service for the K-9 dog Cigo. Cigo was shot dead while chasing after an armed suspect on Christmas Eve.

According to an arrest report, Hoffman left the threatening messages because she blamed PBSO's officers for the death of Cigo, reported WPLG.

Hoffman is alleged to have made dozens of other threatening or aggressive Facebook comments on PBSO's page using the "Michael R Reed" moniker. They included "I hope all of you are the first to be shot," in response to a post about an active shooter in the local area.

Underneath a story about a deputy building a North Pole mailbox for children, Hoffman also wrote, "How about building yourselves coffins and jumping in them. You're going to need them," reported WPTV.

"I swear if I see one more story about this on the news or elsewhere you'll be seeing MY story splashed across every news outlet in the country," Hoffman added. "I think you know me well enough to know when I am determined to do something it gets done."

Detectives were soon able to link the fake profile to the suspect. The URL for the "Michael R Reed" Facebook account was www.facebook.com/jill.hoffman.1466.

Hoffman was charged with making written threats to kill or conduct a mass shooting. Following a court appearance on January 13, a judge ordered a mental health evaluation for Hoffman, reported WPLG.

The memorial service for Cigo was held at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida, the morning of January 10. The K-9 officer was shot while police were detaining two suspects wanted on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and robbery with a firearm after they were spotted at the Wellington Green Mall.

During the operation, one of the suspects complied with police, while the second one fled. After Cigo was deployed to chase him, the suspect fired back several times.

The K-9 officer was taken to a local animal hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Jill Hoffman
Jill Hoffman was charged with making written threats to kill or conduct a mass shooting. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office