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'Shoot every federal agent' - US teen arrested for threats

August 15, 2019 5:38 am

An Ohio teenager has been arrested for threatening mass violence online, targeting federal agents and Planned Parenthood, court documents said.

FBI agents raided the residence where Justin Olsen, 18, was living, and found more than a dozen rifles and about 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

“Shoot every federal agent in sight,” he allegedly wrote, adding he would “stock up” on weapons in another post.

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Mr Olsen said his online comments were written in jest, court documents said.

Federal authorities apprehended Mr Olsen last week, just days after the back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas rocked the US.

He has been charged with threatening a federal officer and is now being held in federal custody, according to the court filing.

The investigation into Mr Olsen began in February, when the FBI received a complaint about the teenager in Anchorage, Alaska, US media report. Authorities traced Mr Olsen’s email address back to Boardman, Ohio, where he was living with his father.

Mr Olsen allegedly praised mass shootings, violence against Planned Parenthood clinics and the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, on the meme-hosting app iFunny.

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