Shannon Badgett, Ex-Cop Who Threatened Mass Shooting in D.C., Arrested in Florida

A former Ohio police officer threatened to carry out violence at the U.S. Capitol ahead of the pro-Trump rally that turned into a riot, writing "about a lot of bloodshed" on Facebook, according to police.

Shannon Badgett, 53, was charged with communicating a written threat to conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism on Wednesday. Haines City Police said he had been arrested in Florida two days earlier, after one of his social media contacts reported his messages.

In the Facebook posts, Badgett wrote that he would be heading to D.C. "unless President Trump calls for martial law," the Associated Press reported.

"Going to be a target rich environment," he is alleged to have written, before adding "Pew. Pew. Pew," which police said was an imitation of gunshots.

Badgett also claimed to be building machineguns and an anti-tank rifle, rhetorically asking: "Why do I need 'permission' if I live in a country where I supposedly allowed to do as I choose?"

He also wrote in support of the baseless claims of voter fraud repeatedly made by President Trump and his allies.

"Our courts are unable to articulate their choice by refusing to hear any evidence regarding voter fraud," he posted.

In an apparent reference to Chief Justice John Roberts, another post threatened, "Bad things happen to good people," calling on "Roberts" to resign.

Police said Badgett had admitted writing the posts, but had said he never intended to hurt people and only wanted to vent his frustrations.

"He talked about a lot of bloodshed—that he was going to take care of business up there," Haines City Police Department Chief Jim Elensky said.

"Given the high political tensions of late, these threats simply could not be ignored," he added.

Family members reportedly told detectives that Badgett has been diagnosed with mental health disorders, according to local TV station Bay News 9. He will undergo a mental health evaluation and has been jailed, police said in a news release on Wednesday.

Five people died in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, including a police officer. On Wednesday, Trump was impeached for "incitement of insurrection," becoming the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

 Shannon Badgett and the Capitol rally
Former Ohio police officer Shannon Badgett, left, has been charged over social media posts he made ahead of a pro-Trump rally, which turned to violence, at the U.S. Capitol. Shannon Badgett / Getty