Altha man arrested for threatening to shoot construction workers on Facebook

Phillip Mayo arrested after making threats to shoot construction workers on social media. (Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)

ALTHA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office received information about a social media threat regarding a shooting at the old Altha School.

Investigators say the post was a comment and threatened to shoot demolition workers "sniper style with a rifle."

Investigators were able to identify the man who made the threat as Phillip Mayo of Altha.

According to deputies, when they arrived at Mayo's house he answered the door with a semi-automatic handgun.

Deputies arrested Mayo and took him to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.

During questioning, deputies say that Mayo admitted to making the threats and confirmed he had the same type of gun he referenced in his Facebook post. Deputies say he was apologetic and said he didn't plan to carry out the threat but he upset about the demolition of Altha School.

Mayo was charged with a second degree felony of written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism which is a second degree felony.

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