Authorities arrested a man they say made threats against a judge and a deputy's family on Facebook, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Michael Haggerty, 48, of Stock Island in the Florida Keys, faces two counts of making threats to kill or injure someone, according to the sheriff's office . He is being held without bond in Stock Island Jail.
Haggerty allegedly posted a comment on his Facebook page that read, "Judge Luis Garcia has denied my rights to a fair hearing can u people believe the bull**** the county n the Dowling family has made?? Time to go get my guns out of storage and even the score today people, it been fun see you in the next world!"
Authorities say Haggery posted the threat shortly after he spoke to Garcia's assistant during a phone call. She informed him that his notice had been denied and had to hang up on him when he began ranting.
When Det. Sgt. Bobby Randolph made a phone call to Haggerty to ask him why he posted the threats, Haggety said, "Because I like causing you people problems, because sooner or later you are going to violate my civil rights and I am going to own you people. I want you people to be afraid. There is only two ways that this will all end _ violently or I win a federal lawsuit," according to the sheriff's office.
Authorities believe Haggerty's threats against Garcia were the result of a temporary injuction petition filed against him.
They believe he threatened Dowling because of a long-time issue he had with his wife.
Police posted a protection detail for Garcia, Dowling and Dowling's family during the investigation.