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Man charged for threatening to kill officers like “up there in Des Moines” following traffic stop

34-year-old Cole Briggs
34-year-old Cole Briggs

An Iowa man is facing felony charges after threatening to shoot law enforcement officers.

34-year-old Cole Briggs of Knoxville was charged with making terroristic threats after he allegedly made threats to booking officers at the Marion County Jail following a traffic citation.

Documents show that Briggs claimed he was going to “Get a handgun and shoot” the officers, “Just like the other ole boy did up there in Des Moines to those other two officers.”

KPD Chief Dan Losada said that words like those are no joking matter.

“You make that statement to a police officer in Iowa right now, they are going to take you seriously,” he said.

The incident unfolded after KPD officer noticed Briggs driving erratically in a car with plates not registered to the vehicle.

“They told the suspect he was under arrest and he resisted arrest by striking one of my officers in the face more than once,” Losada said.

Briggs’ sister, Amy Boylan, in in a state of disbelief following the incident, saying he expressed grief over the two officers killed on November 2nd.

“I honestly do not believe in my heart that he would ever carry out a threat like that,” Boylan said. “He had just been to the memorial for the officers that were killed and brought flowers and doughnuts, and was crying, so I was very surprised he would say something like that.”

Losada said that reminders of hazards for police are everywhere in recent times.

“These last few months when I come to work, I make sure my vest is fitting a little bit tighter,” Losada said. “I make sure my weapons are functioning properly and take care of myself and remind myself that my goal is to go home for the day at the end of my shift.”

KCCI reports that Briggs is being held at the Marion County Jail on charges of terroristic threats, assault on a peaceful officer with the intent to commit serious injury, driving while barred, interference with official acts and fifth-degree criminal mischief.


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