Man accused of threatening to shoot Seattle police officers faces federal charges

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SEATTLE — A 25-year-old man has been charged federally with possession of a destructive device for bringing an improvised gun to a protest in Seattle, U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran announced on Wednesday.

Officials said Devinare Antwan Parker, originally from North Carolina, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. on May 31 after he threw a 16-ounce can of beer through the window of a Seattle Police car and struck an officer in the face.

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Police said they were driving north on Third Avenue near Benaroya Hall when Parker threw the beer can.

When he was arrested on investigation of third-degree assault, officials said Parker was in possession of “an improvise firearm capable of firing shotgun shells.”

In a criminal complaint, police said Parker shouted at the officers that he brought the weapon to the protest to shoot and kill police officers.

“This defendant came to a protest armed with a device that could have proved fatal not only to police, but to peaceful protesters in the area,” Moran said in a news release. “We will use our federal authority where appropriate to remove such threats from our community, so that people can safely exercise their constitutional right to protest peacefully and honor the memory of George Floyd.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Parker is currently in state custody and is scheduled to appear in federal court when the state charges are resolved.

Possession of a destructive device is punishable by up to ten years in prison.