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Tucson man arrested by FBI for allegedly threatening Arizona Rep. Martha McSally

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TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson school district employee has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly leaving threatening voicemail messages for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally.

According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Steve Martan told authorities he was venting frustrations with the Arizona congresswoman’s votes in support of President Donald Trump.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Martan left three messages on May 2 and May 10 on the congressional office voicemail including one that allegedly threatened to shoot McSally.

The newspaper said other voicemails told McSally to be careful when she returns to Tucson and her days “were numbered.”

Court records show the 58-year-old Martan has been released on his own recognizance, but must wear an electronic monitoring device. He’s prohibited from contacting McSally or possessing a firearm or weapon.

In a statement, District Director CJ Karamargin called the threats “sickening.”

“Threatening to shoot a member of Congress between the eyes and stating that her days are numbered is sickening.” part of the statement read. “It is especially sickening here in southeastern Arizona because we know, perhaps better than any congressional district in the country, what happens when threats of violence become acts of violence.”

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