WHEELING, W.Va. — The federal building in Wheeling went on full lockdown Wednesday after a man allegedly threatened to shoot-up the building.

Investigators said Charles Coffman, 43, of Wheeling, was getting treatment at a Wheeling doctor’s office when he allegedly made that threat. A person who heard him called authorities.

The building was on lockdown until police took Coffman into custody

U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld said every threat is serious especially following an incident last fall. Thomas Piccard was shot and killed by authorities after firing 26 shots into the federal building last October.

Coffman is charged with willfully threatening to commit a terrorist act. He was initially held on $25,000 bail.


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  • Smokehole

    This issue aside it's getting to be that anyone who criticizes government or a government official for whatever reason is automatically going to be labeled a terrorist or threat to the public and dealt with.

    It's becoming Orwellian around here..

    The public is held accountable but the government officials never are.

    • KeatonsCorner

      so run for local office..........

      Folks love blaming government, but won't do anything to change it...... won't get off the couch.

      • Brian

        Better yet if political office isn't for you - vote!

  • Brian

    How long will it take for someone to blame guns as the problem? The clock starts now, 8 minutes after this story was released. This story leaves a lot of questions. Who reported what the man said? A disgruntled nurse or receptionist at the doctor's office, perhaps another patient tired of sitting in the waiting room? Was he serious or just casual conversation? Threats should be taken seriously but was this a serious threat - the lack of details leaves me wondering.

    • Col. Klink

      WV is becoming more and more of a Police State everyday, soon we'll have no rights.