In the aftermath of the shocking killing Wednesday of a 75-year-old Utah man by the FBI, his family released a statement on Thursday. Craig Robertson of Provo was shot to death during a bureau raid on his home after he made social media posts threatening political leaders.
The statement called Robertson a beloved father and brother and declared his death to be “a senseless and tragic killing.”
His family said the elderly man had “limited mobility and other physical challenges” but was always ready to assist another person. The statement described Robertson as a “kind and generous person.”
The largely homebound man exercised his First Amendment right to free speech, the family said, and utilized the public square of social media to express his views. Then they addressed the posts that drew the FBI’s attention and ultimately a raid.
They explained, “Though his statements were intemperate at times, he has never, and would never, commit any act of violence against another human being over a political or philosophical disagreement.”
What is clear even at a glance is that the elderly Utah resident lost his life over incendiary statements made on social media. It does not appear that he was in fact a genuine threat.
Here is a photo of Craig Robertson in Provo, a carpenter, who had recently organized a group of volunteers to build a ramp for a disabled neighbor pic.twitter.com/CJjryrRgOU
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Robertson was killed at around 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday when the FBI raided his home due to alleged threats against President Joe Biden.
According to NBC News, the agency alleged that Robertson on Monday made a threat regarding Biden’s trip to Utah this week. He reportedly posted that the Democrat needed to be ready with camouflage and a sniper rifle.
The charging documents alleged that Robertson also threatened controversial Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The DA, according to the FBI, was called a political hack and warned that he would be assassinated in a parking garage.
Robertson also reportedly mentioned New York Attorney General Letitia James, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
In a felony complaint, he was accused of interstate threats, influence, impeding and retaliating against federal law enforcement officers by threat and threats against the president.
It was in the early morning hours Wednesday when federal agents swarmed the Robertson residence. They were armed with search warrants and attempting to carry them out when the shooting occurred.
Many questions still swirl around the shooting, such as why was an all-out FBI raid needed on an elderly suspect.