Arrest made after threats against police in Portland, Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine’s largest city have charged a Norwegian national with making threats against officers via email and Twitter.

The Portland Police Department says 28-year-old Espen Brungodt was unarmed and offered no resistance when he was arrested Wednesday afternoon on federal charges of transmitting threatening communications.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the threat came from someone who said it was “time for more police to die.” The email sender threatened to “shoot and kill” officers.

Police treated the threats seriously. A parking garage was checked for explosives and the Cumberland County courthouse was evacuated as a precaution.

Police say Brungodt entered the U.S. through Boston on July 26 with family members, who were unaware of his threats. There was no indication if he’d retained a lawyer.

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