WSP arrests man for phone threats made to Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington State Patrol arrested a man on Tuesday who allegedly left a threatening voicemail to Governor Inslee and his staff. 

According to a release, law enforcement officers arrested Shawn Rowland at his home in Mill Creek shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Earlier in the day, police said the Governor’s Office of Constituent Services received a threatening voicemail by a phone number linked to Rowland. 

After some digging, investigators learned a threat made to the Virginia State Legislature back in February was also linked to Rowland’s phone. 

“These are indeed troubling times for all of us” said WSP Chief John R. Batiste, “and there are certainly points of consideration and debate in this unprecedented pandemic environment. But…” he added, “no one has the right to threaten the life of the Governor, or any of the people who work for or with him as they address the myriad of important considerations associated with this unique period in our history.”

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