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Florida man charged with brandishing assault-style weapon and threatening U.S. Census worker

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was arrested for using an assault-style weapon to threaten a census taker who had come to his house for the nationwide count of every U.S. resident.

Michael Cooper, 32, was arrested Monday after threatening census taker Johnny Swinney, according to a police report.

Neighbors told deputies that Swinney’s U.S. Census Bureau badge was clearly identifiable when he approached Cooper sitting on the porch of his home and the census taker identified himself as a federal worker, according to an incident report.



a close up of a man: Booking photo of Michael Cooper provided by the Flager County, Fla., sheriff's office.


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Booking photo of Michael Cooper provided by the Flager County, Fla., sheriff’s office.

Cooper yelled at Swinney to leave, went into his home and returned with an assault-style weapon. He loaded the chamber and Swinney returned to his vehicle, where his wife was. His wife, Nicole, told deputies that she saw Cooper pointing his weapon at her

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