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U.S. Marshals deny social media rumor ‘to shoot to kill’ fugitive accused of threatening President Donald Trump

September 20, 2018

U.S. Marshals deny social media rumor ‘to shoot to kill’ fugitive accused of threatening President Donald Trump

MANSFIELD, Ohio — The U.S. Marshals issued a denial of a social media rumor that law enforcement was ordered to “shoot to kill” a Pennsylvania man accused of threatening President Donald Trump and other elected officials.

A Facebook post made by Shawn Richard Christy’s father saying, “Ohio State Police just given orders to shoot to kill Shawn Christy,” is not true, the U.S. Marshals said in a statement. 

“No law enforcement agency involved in the search has been given or would ever give such an order,” the statement says.

Christy, 27, stole a truck Sunday from the area of McAdoo, Pennsylvania where he lives. He crashed about 4:45 p.m. on Interstate 71 in the Mansfield area and later ran away, the U.S. Marshals said. 

Authorities said Christy should be considered armed and dangerous, and may have several stolen guns in his possession. Christy is wanted on several arrest warrants in Pennsylvania charging him with burglary, probation violations and failure to appear in court for an aggravated assault case.

He has threatened to use “full lethal force on any law enforcement officer that tries to detain me.”

Madison Local Schools and Lucas Local Schools and St. Mary’s of the Snow Catholic School in Mansfield were all closed Monday and Tuesday as a safety precaution. 

Christy is 5-feet 10-inches and weighs about 160 pounds, the U.S. Marshals said. He has a light complexion with a tattoo of a cross on his right upper arm, short dark blonde hair and a beard. He speaks with a noticeable lisp and claims to be a survivalist. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Marshals at 1-866-492-6833 or text “WANTED” and the tip to TIP411, or 847411.

Federal agents are offering a cash award of up to $20,000 for information leading to Christy’s arrest. Any information will be considered confidential. 

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