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Polk deputy accused of making threats about Capitol violence

Deputy arrested Tuesday afternoon

Sheriff Grady Judd said 29-year-old deputy Peter Heneen made the threats the night after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A Polk County deputy is accused of making written threats related to violence at the Capitol, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Grady Judd said 29-year-old deputy Peter Heneen made the threats the night after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol.

Heneen is facing a second-degree murder of threats charge.

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On Jan. 6, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump surrounded the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and eventually pushed past police to make their way inside.

Five people died during the riot.

An investigation on Heneen was started after another deputy who is also the suspect’s friend shared screenshots of the threats.

“Threatening words to hurt, to kill are not acceptable,” Judd said.

PCSO deputy arrested

Sheriff Grady Judd is giving details about the arrest of a PCSO deputy sheriff who made written threats related to the violence at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Judd said Heneen started the conversation by saying frightening things during a conversation about the Capitol riots causing his friend to worry about his mental state.

“Need to make the streets of DC run red with the blood of these tyrants,” Heenan wrote in the message.

Heenan told his friend he is sick of corruption.

“Should have drug those tyrants out into the streets and executed them,” Heenan wrote.

Heenan is not clear on who he was specifically talking about.

Later in the conversation, Heenan made threats.

“Bull(expletive), I’ll (expletive) kill (expletive). (Expletive) the federal government, FBI is corrupt, they are all corrupt,” Heenan wrote in the text.

Judd said Heneen continued his hate talk after his friend tried to talk him down.

“Oh no, it’s not over. Any cop, or military, who stands in the way, is the enemy,” Heneen wrote.

“I am angry beyond words. I am proud of my witness who is my deputy as I could ever be, because he stood up and said ‘that’s not the way the system works’,” Judd said.

Judd said Heneen embarrassed the sheriff’s office.

“You can’t police a society if you don’t police yourself,” Judd said.

Judd said there is no proof Heneen is part of a militia group or an organized group.

Heneen has been with the Sheriff’s Office for six years, he is currently suspended.