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Man threatens to shoot Congress members over Kavanaugh vote, deputies say

Authorities say man posted his threat on his Facebook page

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's potential confirmation influenced one Winter Haven man enough to post threats on his Facebook page, according to officials from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The man, whose name has not been released, is accused of threatening to kill members of Congress, their families and any law enforcement officers who came to his home. Deputies said the man's post described Kavanaugh's confirmation as his deciding factor.

"I can tell it seems I will be sacrificing my life for my country," the suspect said in a post. "But I am ready and will know who needs to be killed after the vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court."

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said deputies investigated and arrested the man Thursday without any incident.

"People need to calm down, and stop making threats of violence -- we will not tolerate it," Judd said.  "Anyone who threatens to shoot or kill any public servant or law enforcement officer will go to jail immediately."

More details about the man and the posts have not been released. Officials plan to hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m.