Complaint: TV station threats referenced newsroom shootings

Published 8:33 pm Monday, July 2, 2018

ST. PAUL — A former worker at a St. Paul television station is charged with violent threats after authorities say he brought up the mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper while talking with the station’s security director.

Gene Arntson was charged Monday in Ramsey County.

The complaint said the 36-year-old Arntson was fired by KSTP-TV last year over a confrontation with a co-worker. After the station’s security director contacted Arnston over showing up recently on station property, Arntson allegedly told the security director he wanted his job back and said, “You know what happened yesterday in Maryland.”

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Five people were killed Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

The complaint said Arntson said he didn’t intend to hurt anyone “but was only trying to protect the company from their own malicious behavior.”