Air Force civilian police officer at Joint Base Charleston threatened “mass shooting or terrorist act”: files
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) An Air Force civilian police officer at Joint Base Charleston was arrested in Florida after threatening to bring his vehicle into a hospital or military base to force authorities to kill him, said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. .
The FDLE arrested Thomas James Stephan on Wednesday after receiving a warning from authorities in South Carolina, where the man worked as an Air Force civilian police officer at Joint Base Charleston.
He has been charged with written or electronic threats of death, bodily harm or mass shootings or acts of terrorism, according to WPDE TV in Florence, South Carolina.
An arrest affidavit said Stephan, 30, sent several texts on Tuesday to a sworn JBC law enforcement officer, threatening to drive his vehicle into a hospital or gain access to a military facility and provoke a fatal shootout so that the authorities were forced to kill him. .
South Carolina officials interviewed his associates at the base to determine the phone number he was using and learned that Stephan was near the Patrick Space Force base on Florida’s Atlantic coast, according to the report. According to the Post and Courier newspaper, a civilian member of the Air Base‘s 628th Wing Security Forces squadron, Stephan was next seen on an overpass near Universal Studios, the newspaper reported, threatening to jump. He was held by Orlando Police for assessment and investigation until the FDLE warrant was issued.
Officials at Joint Base Charleston and Patrick Space Force Base did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
Stephan is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail. The case will be continued by the public prosecutor’s office. A lawyer who could speak for Stephan was not on the prison records.