The U.S. Secret Service investigated a Virginia military veteran for making threats in February to shoot Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to a police investigation released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.
The man acknowledged having firearms, including a 12-gauge shotgun, in his home and told a neighbor he intended to see Trump at a Virginia event days before he was investigated, according to the police report obtained by the News4 I-Team under the Freedom of Information Act.
While under questioning, the veteran told investigators he was “messing around” and did not truly intend to shoot Trump, the police report said.
The name of the veteran and details on criminal charges have been withheld from the report.
According to the report, the veteran told investigators, “Trump is creating problems instead of helping people." The report also said the veteran told investigators, “He was going to see Trump when he was in Virginia last week, but as he was leaving with his gun, his neighbor stopped him and asked what he was going to do ... and he replied 'shoot Trump,' thought about it and then told himself ‘I can’t do this’ and went back inside his house.”
Trump has made multiple campaign visits to Virginia in 2016.
According to the report, the U.S. Secret Service responded to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond in less than an hour after being notified about the veteran’s threat. An agency spokesman declined to offer immediate comment on the incident.