A Utah man who was fatally shot last week during an FBI raid linked to threats against President Joe Biden reportedly opposed the arrest and aimed a.357 revolvers at agents, as stated by authorities on Monday.
A Man from Utah was Fatally Shot and Killed During an FBI Raid
The FBI released new information on Monday regarding the armed Utah resident who agents fatally shot while carrying out a warrant. The warrant was related to accusations of issuing violent against President Joe Biden and various elected officials as well as law enforcement personnel.
On August 9th, FBI agents visited the Provo, Utah, home of 75-year-old Craig Robertson under a search warrant related to alleged online threats against President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, New York Attorney General Letitia James, and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, encompassing potential kidnapping, assault, and murder. During the FBI search, Robertson, as reported by Spectrum News, issued a threat involving the preparation of the M24 sniper rifle for the occasion. This threat was part of a series, connecting it with others that also implicated Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
According to a law enforcement source familiar with the situation who spoke to CNN, when Craig Robertson pointed a gun at them, FBI SWAT agents were giving him commands. Robertson faced federal charges, including threats against the president and obstructing federal law enforcement officers through threats. The investigation indicated that Robertson possesses “a sniper rifle” and multiple other firearms.
Robertson’s Threats with President Biden
Following a March threat against Bragg, prosecutors revealed that the FBI initiated an investigation into Robertson based on a tip from a social media platform. On that day, agents observed him outside his residence, describing him as a heavyset Caucasian male in his seventies, adorned with an AR-15 style rifle pin and a hat displaying support for Trump.
After acknowledging responsibility for the mentioned social media post, Robertson’s initial engagement with FBI agents did not lead to further explanation. Subsequently, both prior to and after the agents’ visit, he authored several online posts that ridiculed and inflamed the FBI. Among these, he warned that the “FBI cowards” would face repercussions if they forcibly entered his residence, and he also repeatedly expressed “death to Joe Biden” in a separate post. These online messages sharply contrasted with how some neighbors perceived Robertson as a compassionate and devout person.
Two unnamed law enforcement sources, speaking to The Associated Press last week while maintaining anonymity due to the ongoing investigation, stated that Robertson was armed during the shooting incident. Monday’s statement from authorities offers more information about the type of weapon Robertson had and how he aimed it at officers. The FBI has not addressed inquiries regarding whether Robertson fired at agents or if agents were equipped with body cameras during the arrest attempt.