Brian Faler
January 11, 2011

A Colorado man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot members of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff in an incident that occurred just days before an Arizona shooting spree that left U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life.

John Troy Davis, 44, was upset over his Social Security benefits when he called the Denver office of Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, on Jan. 6 to seek a hearing on the matter, according to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing. Davis told staff members that “I’m a schizophrenic and I need help,” and “I’m just going to come down there and shoot you all,” the affidavit said.

Davis was “well-known” to Bennet’s office because he frequently called to complain about his benefits, according to the filing. Authorities have increased security patrols around Bennet’s Denver residence, as well as at the lawmaker’s office in the city, Grusing said.

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