Man arrested for threatening to shoot polling place workers, officials say
WASHINGTON, Pa. (SBG) - Pennsylvania authorities arrested a man for threatening to shoot polling place workers on Election Tuesday, according to local officials.
Christopher Thomas Queen, of Claysville is charged with felony terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, per The Associated Press.
"Melanie Ostrander, Washington County’s assistant elections director, said he came to the South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department in South Franklin Township at about 9 a.m. Tuesday but became irate when he was told he wasn’t registered to vote," the AP continued.
Ostrander said the man allegedly, “became upset, told the poll workers he was going to go get a gun and come back and shoot them.”
WPXI reporter Cara Sapida said, “an elderly poll worker was shaking uncontrollably after he left,” according to witnesses.
Pittsburgh Patch reports Queen told election workers he was promised money and a gun if he voted “straight-party ticket.”
"It's very sad times that we live in and I think we have to first be Americans and everyone has to appreciate and respect each other's opinion," Julie Graham, an election volunteer, told KDKA.
Queen warned by an election official that he should not have made the threat before alerting local authorities.
State police arrested Queen a short time later.