Man who posted photo of California lawmaker, shooting gun on Facebook arrested

A 25-year-old Santa Ana man has been arrested after allegedly threatening another man on Facebook, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. On March 6, Steve Chauvin first called Samuel “Sonny” Gaetz, who later…

Man who posted photo of California lawmaker, shooting gun on Facebook arrested

A 25-year-old Santa Ana man has been arrested after allegedly threatening another man on Facebook, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

On March 6, Steve Chauvin first called Samuel “Sonny” Gaetz, who later turned the call over to law enforcement. “[His] voice sounded like that of a very long time, but he didn’t know me,” Mr. Gaetz told InTouch.

According to deputies, a minute later Mr. Chauvin posted a series of three pictures to his Facebook profile in which he pointed a gun at Mr. Gaetz and declared that he would harm him. In one photo, he points at a neighborhood street sign with a bullet hole in it and writes, “Is there anything different about this street sign? No? So I am just gonna go shoot up this neighborhood.”

Around 7 p.m. on March 10, Mr. Chauvin was arrested in his Santa Ana home on suspicion of making criminal threats and having a firearm while intoxicated.

Though details are still being sorted out, Mr. Chauvin’s post initially included a photo of California Congressman David Valadao, an Orange County Republican, who Mr. Gaetz had voted for but whose electoral district includes Mr. Chauvin’s neighborhood. Mr. Gaetz turned over a phone number and told deputies he was trying to figure out who was the person behind the gun threat.

Though investigators said that Mr. Chauvin confessed to making the post, he denied the criminal threats and claim that the picture was posted by another person.

“It was definitely [a] dumb thing he did,” Mr. Chauvin’s brother told The Washington Post. “But he didn’t mean for anyone to get hurt.”

Click here to read the full story at InTouch.

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