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The Secret Service Investigated A Veteran For Threatening Donald Trump

Records show a veteran was investigated for telling his neighbor he was going to shoot Donald Trump.

By Grant Suneson | October 5, 2016

A military veteran from Virginia was reportedly investigated by the Secret Service for making threats about shooting Donald Trump.

According to the police report, the veteran was on his way to one of Trump's Virginia events in February when his neighbor asked what he was up to. The veteran replied that he was going to "shoot Trump." He said he thought better of his plan and went back inside his house. 

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The Secret Service reportedly contacted the veteran less than an hour after being notified about the threat. 

The veteran told investigators he was just "messing around" and never really intended to shoot at the Republican nominee.

When questioned, the veteran admitted he did own guns. He also said, "Trump is creating problems instead of helping people."

Trump has faced threats of assassination before. In June, Las Vegas police said 19-year-old Michael Sandford was arrested after he tried to steal an officer's gun at one of Trump's rallies. Sandford admitted his goal was "to shoot and kill Trump." 

Trump himself reportedly had to talk to the Secret Service after saying that "Second Amendment people" could do something about Hillary Clinton getting to appoint judges — a comment widely interpreted as a threat. Trump tweeted that the Secret Service meeting never happened.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, WRC-TV obtained the police report on the February threat against Trump from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General.

The report didn't disclose who the veteran is or what charges he could face.

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