A suspect identified as William Scott Wheeler, 56, was arrested last month after allegedly telling officers: “I think I’m going to kill the president.”
(Tooele County Sheriff’s Office)
A Utah man said he was planning to “kill the president” after police pulled over his vehicle in the last month and found six guns and ammunition inside, according to a complaint unsealed this week.
The police in Price stopped the vehicle, driven by William Scott Wheeler, 56, Aug. 25 because the headlights were covered with a blanket, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Price is about 120 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
The officer allegedly found a shotgun, two pistols, a revolver, two long guns and ammo in the back of the truck, according to the complaint.
When prodded about the reason why he has the weapons, Wheeler was, allegedly, in the pacific, the Tribune reported. Later, Wheeler allegedly told the officer that he suspected that the Secret Service was after him, because he had supposedly sent “messages” to the White House.
“They need to solve the problem, or I’m going to solve the problem,” Wheeler reportedly told the officer, according to a statement written by the AMERICAN Secret Service Agent Marina Thomas, which was obtained by Salt Lake City FOX 13.
When the officer determined Wheeler was drunk and was not able to drive, Wheeler reportedly said the officer, “I think I’m going to kill the president,” according to the court documents.
He was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a restricted person on the basis of the with the purchase of the firearms outside of Utah, and bring them to the state, the Tribune reported.
Wheeler appeared in the U. S. District Court on Wednesday and was ordered detained, FOX 13 reported.
According to the data, cited by the Tribune, Wheeler was held in the Tooele County Jail. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted. Wheeler has two prior misdemeanor convictions: one for the theft of the vehicle in 1984, and another one for theft in 1989, the Tribune reported.
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