Man accused of threatening to kill police: “cop should have been white”
(ABC NEWS)– Elvin Payamps, 38, was arrested Wednesday after someone overheard him making threats on a cell phone, saying that he wanted to kill an officer before Christmas, authorities said.
The witness told police he heard Payamps say, “The cop should have been white that was killed. I always have a gun on me.”
The suspect was presumed to be speaking about slain officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
The witness claims to have heard the threats at around 1:40 p.m.; the suspect was tracked down and arrested about an hour later.
Upon questioning, the officer determined that Payamps had marijuana in his car, police said, and a later search of his home found a set of brass knuckles, two guns and two body vests.
Payamps later admitted to the officer that he did say that if last weekend’s attacker “wanted to send a message” that he “should have killed two white cops instead” of minorities, according to the criminal complaint. Payamps has been charged with gun possession.
Payamps’ arrest is one of at least six arrests that have been made over the past week in connection to threats made against police officers after the Dec. 20 attack.