Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich responds to death threats

due to his position on I-1639

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating online threats against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Hear his remarks on the situation below:

Investigators said someone called Crime Check yesterday to report a Facebook post threatening to kill Sheriff Knezovich and other Sheriff’s who have stated they won’t enforce Initiative 1639.

That’s the initiative passed by Washington voters in November that bans people under the age of 21 from purchasing at semi-automatic rifle and creates safe storage requirements for firearms.

According to the person who called Crime Check, the threats were posted on a shared news story about the Grant County Sheriff announcing that he won’t enforce I-1639.

According to the caller, the post stated Sheriff Knezovich is going to get a bullet in his skull. The caller said another threat posted by the person stated he would shoot sheriffs that don’t back I-1639.

The Sheriff’s Office said it checked the Facebook account with the name that the caller provided and found a comment referencing Republicans stating, “i am going to kill every single one of them.”

Investigators said they found more posts referencing I-1639 that stated, “sheriffs that are non compliant will be shot. by me.” and “Ozzie Knezovich is gonna get a bullet in his skull”.

The Sheriff’s Office said detectives are investigating the threat and the information will be forwarded to law enforcement agencies across the state.

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