Utah Man Killed by FBI Agents Last Week Had Previous Encounters with Guns

Craig D. Robertson. Photo: Facebook

By Steve Neavling

The 75-year-old Utah man who was fatally shot by FBI agents last week after threatening to kill President Biden had at least two previous encounters with police and others that involved a gun, according to police records obtained by The Salt Lake City Tribune. 

In 2018, Craig Deleeuw Robertson was accused of pointing a gun at two Google Fiber workers who went into his backyard to reach a utility pole after he failed to answer his door. 

The men contacted police, and when a Provo officer rang Robertson’s doorbell, he arrived at the door with an AR-15 rifle in his hand, “which triggered a bit of a stand off,” according to a police report. 

Robertson, a staunch supporter of former President Trump, initially refused an officer’s order to put the gun down but eventually complied. 

Robertson was never arrested or charged. 

Last week, authorities said Robertson pointed a gun at FBI agents who were trying to serve a warrant at his home, prompting the agents to shoot him. He died. 

Robertson was accused of making violent threats against President Biden and U.S. Attorney Alvin Bragg, who is handling one of Trump’s criminal cases. 

Robertson allegedly posted the threats online, and Biden was scheduled to speak in nearby Salt Lake City just hours after the shooting. 

According to the court filing, Robertson had a history of posting threats on social media and referred to his guns as Democratic eradicators. He also owned numerous guns, including a sniper rifle, the complaint alleges. 

In one of his social media posts last year, he posted photos of three rifles and said he was “getting ready for the 2024 election cycle.” 

He also is accused of taunting the agents investigating, insisting they were close to “violent eradication.”

In a social media post last week, Robertson allegedly wrote on social media that Biden was coming to Utah and he was going to “dust off” an M24 rifle and don an old camouflage suit. 

Robertson is accused of posting other threats online, including his intent to kill Bragg, who is leading the prosecution of former President Trump in connection with a hush money payment. 

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