The secret service revealed this Sunday that the man accused of robbing banks and killing a police officer was also convicted of threatening the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, in 2010. The nationwide manhunt for the bank robber ended when the Phoenix police detective caught him robbing a new bank and shot him this Saturday.
The man was identified as Mario Edward Garnett, 40, by the Phoenix police. The Secret Service spokesman, Max Millen, told that Garnett was the same man arrested in 2010 for threatening the President. He was caught in Oklahoma city and had pleaded guilty to those threats.Garnett admitted that he wrote ‘If you order a strike on Iran, I’m going to come up there and blow your brains out on national TV’ on the official White House website.Records show that he was sentenced to eight months of imprisonment in the federal prison and was ordered to seek mental health care after his release. Millen was also not allowed to own a gun.
On Saturday morning, Millen left the bank with a bag and a gun. When a police officer approached him, he started firing blindly at the officer. Though the officer retreated, an undercover detective nearby shot Millen in the upper body and was pronounced dead near the scene. Phoenix police spokesman informed, ‘This is a situation where we had a detective on the street doing a follow-up on an unrelated incident who heard a radio call. He was close by, so he responded. It chills me to think what might have happened had he not responded, based on the information we have now.’
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