On Thursday, the office of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) announced that a man who was accused of making violent threats against the congresswoman and her family has been arrested and charged.
34-year-old Sean Patrick Cirillo, from Macon, Georgia, allegedly called Greene’s office and said he was going to shoot the Republican congresswoman in the head with a sniper rifle, WSB-TV reported. In the call, he allegedly claimed to be a major donor before threatening to kill Greene and her family.
Cirillo was charged with a felony count of using communication devices to make threats, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, CNN reported.
Greene released a statement on Thursday, announcing the arrest.
“I want to thank every single member of law enforcement who acted swiftly in response to this murderous threat,” Greene said. “From Rome City Police, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Capitol Police, the House Sergeant at Arms, and ultimately the FBI who made the arrest, every official acted quickly to put this man behind bars.”
“I’m not the only victim with this threat of violence. My family is threatened. My staff is threatened,” Greene added. “I even had to close my district office due to the potential of violence. It’s wrong and never should happen.”
Greene had to close her district office in Dalton, Georgia, after the threat was made, and isn’t the first. Earlier this week, another Georgia Republican, Rep. Rich McCormick, had to close his district office in Cumming after staff there received “serious threats of violence.”
“I take the safety of my team seriously,” he said in a statement. “We will still be working for you remotely so reach out to my staff if you have any needs.”
Greene, a firebrand conservative, who was first elected to office in 2020, is known for her controversial statements and social media posts, and her staunch support for former President Donald Trump.
It is unknown when either Greene or McCormick’s offices will reopen.
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