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Alabama Man Captured in Texas Charged With Making Terrorist Threat Against Sheriff
Fort Stockton, TX

An Alabama man has been arrested on suspicion of a terrorist offense after allegedly making death threats to a town's sheriff.

John Owen Compton, 57, of Decatur, was wanted by Morgan County authorities after allegedly making threats against Sheriff Ron Puckett and his family.

Compton is accused of making the threatening phone calls to Puckett from mid-May.

After a warrant for his arrest in Morgan County was issued, Compton was tracked down to a hotel in Fort Stockton, Texas, and brought into custody. He is charged with one count of making a terrorist threat.

Authorities are now working on extraditing the suspect back to Alabama.

Morgan County Deputy Mike Swafford told WAFF that Compton has a history of making similar threats while Puckett was the police chief in Hartselle, as well as other officers.

In February 2016, Compton was arrested for threatening a captain at the Hartselle Police Department.

Hartselle Police Department spokesman Lt. Justin Barley said that the suspect had called dispatch and told one officer: "You are going to die today."

The captain in question was able to recognize Compton's voice as he had been dealing with him for the past few weeks on an unrelated matter.

"That's how we were able to find him so quickly," Barley told AL.com.

Compton was arrested at his home without incident and charged with making a terrorist threat. He was later taken to the Morgan County Jail and booked on a $500,000 bond.

Barley said at the time he believed Compton made the threat after asking the captain for assistance when he was the victim of a crime.

"For whatever reason, he decided to make this threat today," Barley said.