Florida Cop Threatens Mass Shooting Over Requested Assignment, Then Resigns
A detective in Tarpon Springs, Florida, was forced to resign after allegedly making a mass shooting threat against the police department headquarters, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
According to the report, detective Steve Bergren told another detective on Aug. 5 that an “active shooter situation” would occur at the headquarters if he did not receive a requested assignment.
“The detective said it was something that made the hairs on the back of his neck stand up,” Tarpon Springs Police Maj. Jeffrey Young told The Tampa Bay Times.
Bergren apologized in his resignation letter to the chief and said he was joking.
The detective whom Bergren spoke to told officials the “joke” was made “in a stoic manner,” sparking an internal investigation that put Bergren on paid leave initially, The Times reported.
Another incident surfaced where the detective has allegedly made similar comments on May 10 regarding what would happen if he was not given a position he wanted. Those who heard those comments told officials that they were made “in a stoic manner,” as well.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Standards Commission will take on the investigation. Bergren could face consequences regarding his state law enforcement officer certification, The Times reported.