Man charged with threatening to ‘shoot everybody’ at Washington County polling location

By Steve Pope | November 6, 2018

Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Washington County man with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct after he allegedly made threats to “shoot everybody” at a polling location, after being turned away when he attempted to vote Tuesday.

Polls workers told Christopher Queen, 48, of Kane, that he wasn’t registered to vote. Queen immediately became irate and made the threats, according to a criminal complaint.

Queen arrived at the South Franklin Fire Hall just after 8 a.m. and attempted to cast his ballot. However, poll workers determined that Queen wasn’t currently registered as a result of his registration being cancelled in July, after officials were notified Queen moved out of the county, said Larry Spahr the Washington County Director of Elections.

A search of online voter registration records confirms that Queen is currently registered to vote in Elk County.

Queen left after making the threats and was arrested a short time later along Old Scales Rd. in South Franklin Township, the complaint said.

A poll worker immediately notified police after Queen left and Washington County Sheriff Samuel Romano instructed poll workers to lock the door until further notice.

The polling location has since reopened and Queen is currently being held in the Washington County Jail and faces a Nov. 13 preliminary hearing.

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