Craig Robertson, the Utah man who was shot and killed by FBI special agents last week during an attempted arrest for alleged threats against President Joe Biden, had a previous encounter with Provo police in 2018 where he confronted them with an AR-15, according to a report from The Salt Lake Tribune.
As per the report by The Salt Lake Tribune, on August 20, 2018, two Google Fiber employees knocked on Robertson’s door to connect his neighbor’s internet service. When there was no response, they entered his backyard. Robertson then emerged from his backdoor, reportedly wielding a handgun and shouting for the workers to leave his property. One of the workers later informed the police that Robertson aimed the gun at them.
The Google Fiber employees contacted the police, and when a Provo police officer arrived and rang Robertson’s doorbell, he was holding an AR-15 rifle. This led to a brief standoff, as mentioned in the police report cited by The Salt Lake Tribune. Eventually, Robertson complied with police instructions and put the rifle away.
The police records indicate that Robertson claimed he held the firearm in a ready position against his body, muzzle down, without waving it or threatening the individuals.
According to the police report, the officer believed that no actual crime had taken place and that Robertson had been exercising his Second Amendment rights, albeit recklessly. The Provo police consulted with the Utah County attorney’s office, and both the officer and prosecutors shared the opinion that no charges were warranted.
Robertson was facing federal charges, including threats against the president and intimidating, obstructing, and retaliating against federal law enforcement officers through threats. Investigators noted that Robertson owned a “sniper rifle” and several other firearms.
Some of the threats were made just before President Biden’s planned visit to Utah. In one online threat, Robertson allegedly wrote, “I HEAR BIDEN IS COMING TO UTAH. DIGGING OUT MY OLD GHILLE SUIT AND CLEANING THE DUST OFF THE M24 SNIPER RIFLE. WELCOM, BUFFOON-IN-CHIEF!”
Robertson had also made online threats against other Democratic politicians and prosecutors involved in cases against former President Donald Trump. These actions occurred during a period of heightened tension leading up to the 2024 election and amid what FBI Director Christopher Wray described as an “unprecedented” level of threats against FBI agents.
In another post, Robertson mentioned, “Hey FBI, you still monitoring my social media? Checking so I can be sure to have a loaded gun handy in case you drop by again.”