January 16, 2011 in Nation/World

Tucson victim charged in threat


 TUCSON, Ariz. – A man who was wounded in last week’s shooting rampage in Tucson was apprehended by authorities Saturday after he allegedly threatened a tea party activist at a town hall meeting of victims and eyewitnesses of the attack.

 James Eric Fuller, a 63-year-old Democratic activist, was arrested after shouting “You’re dead!” at Tucson tea party spokesman Trent Humphries, said Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jason Ogan. Fuller was shot in the knee and back Jan. 8 when a gunman opened fire, killing six and injuring 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

 Fuller, a disabled veteran and former campaign volunteer for Giffords, was charged with making threats, intimidation and disorderly conduct and was involuntarily committed for a psychiatric evaluation, Ogan said.

 The town hall, organized for an ABC News special dubbed “After the Tragedy: An American Conversation Continued,” was held at St. Odilia Catholic Church, the same church attended by two shooting victims.

 Jim Kolbe, a former Republican congressman, said Fuller “was clearly more emotional about the town hall than anyone else” at the event.

 Near the end of the taping, the subject turned to gun control. Humphries, who has opposed gun-control laws, was being interviewed on the matter when Fuller interrupted. Deputies escorted him from the scene.

Los Angeles Times

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