Official: Police probe Maine man's Obama threat

6:11 PM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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SABATTUS, Maine (AP) - Police are investigating whether a Maine man who led a drive to mandate gun ownership threatened to shoot President Barack Obama.

A posting on a Facebook account belonging to David Marsters, a retired police officer from Massachusetts, used a racial slur and suggested shooting Obama. When someone criticized the posting, the user said Obama "is not a legal president." 

Sabattus Police Chief Tony Ward said Tuesday that initial findings suggest Marsters posted the comment but the investigation is ongoing. The Sun Journal, which first reported the threat, said federal law enforcement agencies were notified. 

Town selectmen voted unanimously in March against a proposal by Marsters to require heads of households to own guns for protection. Marsters serves on several town committees and is planning to run for selectman in November.

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