Video taken by a neighbor of Craig Robinson, the Utah man killed during an FBI raid on Wednesday, showed the moment FBI agents set off what appears to be a flash-bang outside of the 75-year-old man’s home.
Craig Robertson was shot and killed by agents at around 6:15 am during an attempt to serve arrest and search warrants in Provo.
According to Fox 13, documents filed in the US District Court on Tuesday alleged that Robertson threatened to "inflict bodily harm" on Biden during his visit to Utah in a Facebook message posted on August 7.
"I hear Biden is coming to Utah," the message read. "Digging out my old Ghillie suit and cleaning the dust off the M24 sniper rifle. Welcome buffoon-in-chief."
Jon Michael Ossola, a neighbor of Robertson, told the outlet that "we woke up, there was just a lot of shouting. A lot of just loud bands because they were trying to get him to wake up, go and like get him out of his house."
Photos provided to Fox 13 by neighbors of Robertson showed agents gathered around a body with a sheet draped over it in the driveway of his home.
"They pulled him out there on the driveway, some people looked like they were attending to him. It was clear he was gone," Ossola said.
Steve Terry, who described himself as a friend of Robertson for more than 40 years, told the outlet he was shocked by what happened.
"He would do anything to help anyone. He’s an amazing guy. He was strong in the church, just a very … loving guy. We’ve been brothers for years," said Terry.
"The things they’ve been saying about him on the news is not correct. Craig would do anything to help people."
When asked about Robertson’s social media posts, Terry said that he had seen them, and that Robertson had "issues" with the government."
"You know, he’d say these things but I had no idea he’d carry it out to this extreme."
The FBI said that special agents went into Robertson’s residence on Wednesday morning to serve him warrants when an incident occurred that led to the shooting. Information has not been released as to what sparked the incident.
"The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously," the FBI said.
Cooper Robinson told KSL that he was out walking his dog around 5:30 am when around six police vehicles met at Robertson’s home.
"I couldn't see much from where I was, I could just hear," Robinson said, adding he heard loud booms he assumed were flashbang grenades. "They started talking over their microphone saying, 'Craig Robertson, please come out with your hands up. They did that a few times.'"
The FBI surveilled Robertson at his home in March, noting in court documents that he wore "an Ar-15 style rifle lapel pin" and a "multi-colored (possible camouflage) hat bearing the word 'TRUMP' on the front."
When agents approached Robertson to ask about his social media posts, Robertson reportedly said, "I said it was a dream" and "we’re done here! Don’t return without a warrant!" the charges state.
"Based on my review of those posts ... I know that Robertson does, in fact, appear to own a sniper rifle and a ghillie suit, has made violent threats to murder public officials, and appears to possess numerous firearms (in addition to what appears to be a long-range sniper rifle). The search also yielded, in part, multiple posts regarding threats, violent acts, firearms, and the possession and use of firearms in furtherance of committing violence against government officials. The posts show Robertson's intent to kill, at a minimum D.A. Bragg and President Joe Biden," the federal complaint states.
Other posts from Robertson include one from October 2, 2022 which stated "blue states will never take over the country. The armed red states will revolt and execute every democrat politician," and a July 17, 2023 post that said, "hey FBI, you still monitoring my social media? Checking so I can be sure to have a loaded gun handy in case you drop by again."
Another post from September 19, 2022, stated, "The time is right for a presidential assassination or two. First Joe then Kamala." The FBI took this seriously.
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