An Illinois U.S. Army veteran has been charged in federal court for an alleged threat to kill a Republican congressman.
Randall Tarr, 64, of Rochester, was charged with illegally communicating threats to injure someone and threatening to assault, kidnap, or murder a federal official.
The charges stem from a Nov. 25 phone call to Republican Rep. Rodney Davis’ office, reports said.
Court documents note that Tarr became incensed after seeing one of the three-term lawmaker’s commercials. Afterward, federal investigators said Tarr left a voicemail on Davis’ office phone.
“You backing the Russians, boy?” Tarr said. “What’s wrong with you? Are you … so f—ing stupid? I was in the military for eight years, and you son of a b—h, are backing the Russians over our own intelligence?”
“What is wrong with you, Rodney? Oh my God. I’m not voting for you next time. You f—er,” he continued.
“I don’t care if you back Trump. But stupid son of a b—h, you’re gonna go against our military and back the Russians.”
“I’m a sharpshooter. I could. I’d like to shoot your f—ing head off you stupid mother—er,” Tarr said.
When contacted by authorities, Tarr said he called the phone number off of Davis’s commercial and left the voicemail, adding he regretted the words he used.
“I said I had been a sharpshooter in the Army. I didn’t realize I said anything about shooting him. I might have. I don’t even own a weapon,” Tarr told the Associated Press .
“I wish I could just take it all back and just say he’s a lousy [expletive] for backing the Russian theory.”