Fulton County corrections sergeant accused of making terroristic threat

November 16, 2017 01:12 PM

A Fulton County corrections sergeant was arrested on Wednesday, accused of making a terroristic threat.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Eric Sweet of Johnstown made the threat at the Fulton County Correctional Facility on Nov. 10.  

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According to authorities, Sweet said he would go into the building's control room, get a secured weapon and shoot the control room officer. They say Sweet also planned to lock down the facility and shoot a lieutenant. Sweet also allegedly said he would drag a captain through the facility and make the captain watch as he shot both inmates and his fellow corrections officers.  

Authorities say Sweet admitted to making the comments but that he claimed to be joking and venting. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino didn't take the situation lightly and placed Sweet on administrative leave.

“In this day and age, just stating such things raises all kinds of red flags," Giardino said in a provided statement. "It elevates the seriousness, when it’s a member of law enforcement who makes the statements.”

Sweet is scheduled to appear in the City of Johnstown Court at a later date.


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