BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal authorities say a Baltimore man charged with a weapons violation was recorded saying a rifle he was selling was loaded because he was “getting ready” to shoot police after an officer’s acquittal.
Robert Owens is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent states that Owens sold an informant a rifle Monday, the same day Officer Edward Nero was acquitted in the arrest of a black man who died after being injured in police custody. The affidavit states Owens mentioned it was loaded, saying “I was getting ready to use it to shoot some cops … cuz they done made that motherf—– uh innocent.”
The Baltimore Sun first reported the charges.
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