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Officials: 81-year-old threatens to shoot Obama, faces state, federal charges

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:00:43 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 27 2013 03:38:41 PM CST

Richland County Sheriff's Dept.

Elwyn Fossedal, 81, of Richland Center

MADISON, Wis. -

Federal agents said they have arrested an elderly Wisconsin man after he threatened to shoot President Barack Obama.

According to court records, 81-year-old Elwyn Nels Fossedal stated during a visit to the Richland Center post office on Oct. 15 that, "if President Obama was here I would shoot him right there and kill him right now."

U.S. Secret Service agents interviewed the man at the Richland Center Police Department the next day. They said he refused to recant his threat and made a number of other threats against Obama. Fossedal was charged on Nov. 21 with threatening the president.

But Fossedal faces other charges in connection with actions he is accused of taking with police and family afterward.

According to court documents, after Secret Service agents interviewed Fossedal,  Richland Center police took him into protective custody for psychological evaluation due to "comments he had made toward the president and also his inconsistencies with speaking to the agents and to the police officers."

Police said Fossedal was combative and resisted and kicked officers while making profane statements. Fossedal was transported to Richland Hospital, where he was medicated to calm him down and evaluated, according to another criminal complaint. He was then taken to the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.

The complaint said Fossedal was released from Mendota on Nov. 18. The next day, Fossedal  attacked his daughter at home and his son-in-law intervened, according to the charges.

Fossedal was charged with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor battery with a domestic abuse enhancer, and disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse enhancer in connection with the Nov. 19 incident.

He was charged with battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct in connection with the Oct. 16 incident.

Officials said Fossedal had recently lost his wife of 57 years and is displacing his grief with anger toward people the Secret Service protects.

Fossedal's attorney didn't immediately return a message.

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