GREENVILLE, SC (RNN) - Secret Service agents arrested a 77-year-old South Carolina man after he told a VA nurse that he wanted to shoot the president, according to an affidavit.
U.S. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirmed Wednesday that Michael Stephen Bowden of Woodruff, SC, was arrested Nov. 18 for the threats against Barack Obama.
According to the affidavit, a nurse at the Veterans Administration clinic in Spartanburg, SC, told authorities that Bowden "had made threatening statements" directed at Obama during a routine check-up. During the exam, the nurse reported she asked him if he had had any suicidal thoughts, and he responded, "Yes, I would like to shoot the President, then myself."
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Bowden allegedly told another nurse he was "thinking of traveling to Washington, DC, to shoot President Obama because he is not doing enough to help African Americans."
A day later, Secret Service agents responded to Bowden's home, where he admitted to the allegations, and said in a sworn written statement, "If I had the opportunity to put Obama against the wall and shoot him, I would. I would kill, if possible, the President for what he has done to this country."
During a search of his home, agents found three semi-automatic handguns and a semi-automatic rifle near Bowden's bed, all of which were fully loaded and ready to fire. In another bedroom, agents found nine rifles, two shotguns and a handgun, as well as a loaded shotgun near the front door.
Bowden was arrested and charged with threatening to take the life of, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States. On Nov. 18, he appeared before a judge, who ordered him to undergo a psychological evaluation.
If released pending the psych evaluation, Bowden would not be allowed to leave South Carolina without permission, and must refrain from possessing a firearm.
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