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Ohio man in custody after allegedly threatening to shoot Lee officers

July 24th, 2014 8:00 am by Wes Bunch

Ohio man in custody after allegedly threatening to shoot Lee officers

ABINGDON — An Ohio man is facing federal charges in Virginia for allegedly calling the Lee County Sheriff's Office earlier this year and threatening to kill law enforcement officers.

Jeffery Allen Hinkle Jr., 31, of Crooksville, Ohio, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia with a single count of using a phone to transmit threats across state lines.

According to U.S. Code Section 18, Chapter 41, transmitting interstate communications containing a threat is punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison.

Hinkle was booked into the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem on Tuesday. He was arrested June 10 on federal warrants in Butler County, Ohio, before being transferred to Virginia.

Hinkle is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Pamela Meade Sargent on Aug. 13 in U.S. District Court in Abingdon.

A federal criminal complaint filed by an FBI special agent accuses Hinkle of threatening to shoot law enforcement officers during a call he made on May 21 to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Central Dispatch.

According to a transcript of the call contained in the complaint, Hinkle used numerous expletives and insults while speaking with the Lee County dispatcher.

At one point during the call, Hinkle allegedly said: "You're going to need to get your s—- together down there because if I get another call from my mother like I got today, I will come down there, I will pull up beside every cruiser I see on the street with (unintelligible) county deputy and I will shoot the officer in his face ..."

The dispatcher then reportedly told Hinkle that he was making threats against law enforcement officers on a recorded line and that she didn't have to listen to his insults.

Hinkle allegedly replied: "Yes I did and that's why (unintelligible) 50-caliber Desert Eagle will do the job. Trust me. You better reinforce your f—ing glass ..."

The FBI special agent wrote in the complaint that Hinkle's call stemmed from a disagreement the day before involving his mother, who resides in Lee County, and her neighbor.

The complaint concerned a disputed right of way between the two parties. A Lee County sheriff's deputy who responded to the call reportedly told Hinkle's mother and her neighbor the dispute was a civil matter.

The agent wrote in the complaint that family members described Hinkle as a "disabled Army veteran who collects Social Security disability and does not work and does not have a car."

Family members also reportedly advised federal investigators that Hinkle had "past mental issues and had received mental counseling in the past."

Hinkle allegedly denied making the call when questioned by family members. A relative did reportedly identify Hinkle's voice on a recording of the call to Lee County dispatch.

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