Federal prosecutors announced on Friday that a 41-year-old Toledo, Ohio, man has been charged after making threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and illegal possession of ammunition.
Ireland was charged with “one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats,” according to the Department of Justice.
According to the criminal complaint, at the end of July, the U.S. Capitol Police received a report from a person who’d perceived a Facebook post from Timothy J. Ireland, Jr. as potentially threatening against Ocasio-Cortez.
“She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,” Ireland had written on Facebook, along with a link to a story about Ocasio-Cortez.
On August 2, the Capitol Police called Ireland at a number found in public records and asked him if he made the post and if he owned firearms. The Capitol Police said Ireland told them he was “very proud of that post he made,” and admitted to owning firearms.
Six days later, Capitol Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents searched Ireland’s house after obtaining a search warrant. They detained him at the scene and found seven rounds of ammunition inside his kitchen drawers – three rounds of .32 caliber ammunition and four rounds of .45 caliber ammunition.
Ireland told agents he did not have a gun in his house but brought ammunition with him when he moved into the house.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Nicholas Wu