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A 40-year-old Old Saybrook man has been accused of threatening to kill two police officers after his sick dog died, police said.
Christopher Joseph O’Neal, of King Street, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.
According to the arrest warrant, O’Neal made the threat during a conversation with a UPS worker who delivered a package to his home on Wednesday.
During the conversation, O’Neal said his dog was sick with diabetes and did not have long to live, the warrant said.
O’Neal told the UPS worker the only two things that mattered in his life were his dog and motorcycle, the warrant said.
The warrant said O’Neal told the UPS employee that when his dog dies he was going to take “everyone out.”
O’Neal said he was going to buy a .22-caliber rifle with a scope and kill two Old Saybrook police officers, the warrant stated.
He then named the two police officers as his intended targets, according to the warrant.
O’Neal told the delivery driver that he was “sick and tired of being harassed by the officers and getting chased all around town when he was on his motorcycle,” the warrant stated.
The delivery driver told police he believed the threat to be “sincere and credible,” the warrant states.
O’Neal told the UPS worker that he would purchase the rifle with the scope “after his dog dies,” according to the warrant.
The delivery driver later reported the threat to police. The UPS worker said he feared for his own safety because O’Neal would know who reported the conversation to police, according to the warrant.
The two police officers O’Neal allegedly threatened to kill also believed the threat to be credible, the warrant stated.
The warrant said O’Neal “has displayed violent behavior toward Old Saybrook police officers in the past.”
The warrant said O’Neal is on probation for various convictions, including assault. O’Neal also has two active protective orders against him and is not allowed to possess firearms, the warrant said.
Police applied for and received an warrant for O’Neal’s arrest because they believed he did made the threat.
O’Neal was taken to Troop F in Westbrook, where he was arrested and held on $50,000 bond.
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