Covington, LA – A Louisiana man was arrested on multiple felony charges on Wednesday, after he declared that Jan. 2 was “Kill Cops Day,” and threatened a high-ranking Covington police officer.
The Covington Police Department was notified about the threats at approximately 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday morning, after the suspect posted them to social media, the department said in a press release.
The suspect was identified as 43-year-old Harlan Cyprian.
“In his Facebook post, Cyprian designated January 2, 2019, as ‘Kill Cops Day…’ The threat also included the targeting of one of our long-time and high-ranking officers of the Covington Police Department,” the press release said.
The agency immediately took steps “to ensure the safety” of the officer who was threatened, then responded to Cyprian’s residence and placed him under arrest, the department said.
While investigating the incident, police also identified Cyprian as the suspect who used a pickaxe to smash a glass door and shatter windows at the city’s courthouse on New Year’s Eve.
The vandalism at the courthouse resulted in several thousands of dollars in damage, according to WBRZ.
Cyprian was not cooperative during his arrest, and police have not yet identified a possible motive for his offenses, The Times-Picayune reported.
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on felony charges of simple criminal damage to property, terrorizing, and resisting an officer with force or violence, according to the press release.
Covington Mayor Mike Cooper praised law enforcement’s swift handling of the incident, and said that threats against the city’s police force would not be tolerated.
“I would like to thank the Covington Police Department and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office for their immediate actions in identifying, locating and apprehending the suspect,” Cooper said, according to the press release.
“Individuals who make life-threatening comments against any of our citizens, particularly against our law enforcement professionals, will be dealt with quickly and to the fullest extent of the law,” the mayor added.