ST. LOUIS • An armed city deputy marshal told a co-worker this week that he was quitting his job and “going out with a bang, ABB style,” authorities said Thursday.
Christopher E. McDonald, 48, of the 5500 block of Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, was charged Thursday with making a terrorist threat, a felony.
McDonald allegedly told a fellow deputy at the city municipal court building, 1520 Market Street, on Tuesday that he was planning to quit, and made reference to the 2010 mass shooting at the ABB plant in St. Louis.
The second deputy told McDonald he didn’t want to get shot, and McDonald said he would text him the night before so he could call in sick, according to court records. McDonald made further remarks to the other deputy indicating he might carry out his plan Wednesday, according to the records.
McDonald was disarmed at work Wednesday and arrested, court records say. He admitted making statements to the second deputy.
Circuit Judge Michael Mullen set cash-only bail at $10,000.
McDonald made nearly $28,000 in salary in 2015, according to a city records. City marshals provide security at City Hall, municipal courts and other city buildings.
Maggie Crane, press secretary for Mayor Francis Slay, said McDonald was hired as a part-time guard in 2014 and then as a full-time deputy marshal in March 2015.
Crane applauded McDonald’s co-worker, police and prosecutors for acting quickly. “You just gotta take everything seriously,” she said. “You can’t take anything as idle threats.”
In the ABB case, a disgruntled employee of the electrical parts manufacturer took four guns to work at the plant at 4350 Semple Avenue, killing three co-workers and wounding five before taking his own life.