An Air Force veteran was three weeks from retirement as a civilian Air Force employee when he allegedly threatened to murder co-workers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, resulting in an arrest and subsequent seizure of over 70 firearms by police.
Former Michigan Air National Guard Master Sergeant Roque Diegel was arrested after threatening to “shoot up” personnel at his place of duty, according to a tweet from the Michigan State Police Metro Detroit unit.
Diegel’s threat was reported to authorities on Sunday, prompting a swift response by law enforcement.
“MSP Detectives executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and seized over 70 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition,” the agency reported. Deigel was reportedly arrested without incident.
Charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism, Diegel appeared in court on Tuesday, denying allegations that he threatened anyone and noting he is less than three weeks away from retirement. Despite this, a judge set his bond at $250,000 and Diegel remains in the Macomb County Jail.
If convicted, Diegel could face up to two decades in prison.
It is unknown exactly what kind of threats Diegel made, or how those threats were communicated. According to Click On Detroit, the 53-year-old was a civilian employee at Selfridge until last week, though it was not specified why he stopped working at the facility.
Located in the greater Detroit area, Selfridge ANGB is a sizeable installation that was constructed during World War I. Home of the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing, Selfridge is also home to units from every branch of the armed forces, including the US Coast Guard and the US Border Patrol.
The Michigan Air National Guard operates A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft and KC-135T Stratotanker refueling craft from the base.
During his time with the Michigan Air National Guard, Diegel served in the 127th Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron.
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