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Polk County deputy arrested for making written threats related to violence at US Capitol

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 23:20:29-05

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Polk County deputy was arrested for making written threats related to the violence at the US Capitol, the sheriff's office said.

Sheriff Grady Judd said 29-year-old Peter Heneen texted another deputy on Jan. 6, the night of the US Capitol riot.

He called the FBI corrupt and threatened to "kill them all" promising he had weapons next to his bed, Sheriff Judd said.

During the press conference, Sheriff Judd said the written threats were "absolutely frightening."

Screenshots provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office state, "should have drug those tyrants out into the streets and executed them... need to make the streets of DC run red with blood of the tyrants."

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Those text messages also state, "Any cop or military who stand in the way is the enemy."

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"There's a line and Peter Heneen crossed the line between ugly talk and threats. That’s what got him arrested," said Sheriff Judd.

Sheriff Judd said the deputy who reported Heneen is a hero.

"I tell my deputies that doing what’s right is not always easy but it’s always right and he stood in the face of not only one of his colleagues but one of his friends," Judd said.

Heneen was with the Polk County deputy for 6 years.

ABC Action News saw Polk County investigators outside his home in Bartow on Tuesday night.

He now faces a second-degree felony and is being held at the Polk County Jail.