A former officer of the Ferguson Police Department was the man with an AR-15 assault rifle outside a Wisconsin courthouse on Wednesday, according to St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts. The agent wasn’t there to apply for a civil case that allowed him to stockpile an arsenal, according to Shilts, who said it was a case of somebody being cited for possession of a large-capacity magazine.
The sheriff said he found out about the arms cache late Tuesday night when he was walking through the Wisconsin courthouse.
“I walked in there, and there was this man, he was brandishing an AR-15 rifle in the courthouse and he was from Missouri,” Shilts said. “As I walked further, he was disassembling a rifle with a scope.
“When I confronted him, I asked him to come back to the sheriff’s department,” Shilts said. “I talked to him for about 10 minutes. Then he started to cry, and I told him to come back and get his things.”
According to Shilts, the man named Edward T. Jones of Missouri denied posing as a Ferguson police officer and said he was a former St. Louis police officer who quit the department to become a sheriff’s deputy after Ferguson was rocked by protests in August.
Read the full story at The Guardian.
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