Sheriff: Florida man planned to burn down hospital out of revenge

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Florida detectives said they stopped a Florida man who was armed with explosives and planning to burn down a hospital.

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that it received information on Nov. 21 that a man, identified as Glenn Schaeffer, had left his home dressed in camouflage and was possibly armed with either pipe bombs or Molotov cocktails.

Deputies located Schaffer in his vehicle, but when deputies stopped him, Schaeffer allegedly refused to exit his vehicle before fleeing the traffic stop.

Officers found Schaffer at this home, where he was arrested without incident. Deputies found two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and bottles filled with an unknown liquid when they searched his vehicle, WFTS reported.

Schaeffer allegedly admitted to detectives that he was upset and said that he planned to detonate the explosives at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, according to the news release. Schaeffer also told deputies that “the guns were for hospital security guards and anyone else that would pose a threat to him.” Deputies said that Schaeffer was hoping to get the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Ensuring the safety of everyone in our community is a responsibility we all share,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I commend the family member in this case for reporting the suspect’s threatening behavior, and the swift actions of our deputies that thwarted the potential harm to others.”

Schaeffer was charged with felony fleeing to elude and could face additional charges. Deputies said their bomb squad determined no charges could be filed for the bottles filled with liquid, because the liquid did not ignite.

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