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Man Arrested For Murder Threats to Wichita Mayor

Mayor Brandon Whipple / Image: City of Wichita

A retired firefighter who was upset with Wichita’s mask ordinance was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor of Kansas’ largest city, authorities say.

Police say 59-year-old Meredith Dowty was arrested, and could face a charge of criminal threat, the Wichita Eagle reported.

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said someone had read him text messages received by another city official that asked about the mayor’s address and threatened his life.

“He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman – me and everyone who, something about tyranny,” Whipple said.

“It sounded like the person was very upset about pretty much mask mandates, and he said something about not being able to see his mother because of COVID restrictions on elderly homes,” he said.

Wichita police spokesman Charley Davidson said that no other local officials are believed to have been targeted.

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