Former Kentucky police officer living in Tennessee charged with threatening President
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A former Bowling Green, Kentucky officer has been charged with making threats against President Trump.
According to a statement release by the U.S. Attorney's Office of Middle Tennessee, 37-year-old Andrew Long Ryan of Greenbrier, Tennessee has been charged with two counts of making threats against the president. Ryan previously worked with the Bowling Green Police Department.
Court records state on May 28 and May 29, Ryan posted several messages on social media making the threats. These include a Facebook post that stated "death is coming" and a Twitter post stating "I will kill Donald Trump if you don’t follow my leaders lead.”
Trump was in Nashville during a rally in support of Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn on the 29th.
The documents also state Ryan exhibited erratic behavior before the posts, leading to his arrest by the Robertson County Sheriff's office in June for violating a protective order previously obtained by his family. Ryan is accused of placing his family in fear during previous incidents and was on the radar of the FBI and Secret Service.
Greenbrier Police also seized several firearms from Ryan's home in February and the U.S. Attorney's Office says "several law enforcement officers expressed concern that Ryan’s behavior would escalate into an act of mass violence."
Ryan faces five years in prison for each count.