Man arrested after threats against Seattle church to 'kill you all', AR-15 seized

Photo of AR-15 seized by police. (Photo courtesy Seattle Police Department)

SEATTLE (KOMO) -- Police arrested a 25-year-old Covington man and seized his AR-15 after he sent several messages to pastors at a University District church that told them it was "time to engage the artillery and kill you all," according to the Seattle Police Department.

Two days after a gunman killed 26 people in a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Edeek Grigorovich Goga reportedly sent another email to the Cross and Crown Church in reference to the Texas shooting, according to police.

Goga was booked in the King County Jail on Nov. 9 and has been charged with felony harassment.

The email sent on Nov. 7 stated, "It saddens me that you guys weren't the ones shot instead of the ones in Texas," Goga wrote. "I'm hoping someone finds it in their hurts (sic) to burn you all alive in your church building."

Goga reportedly had previously attended the Cross and Crown Church and threatened to burn it down a year and a half ago, according to police. That threat reportedly came after church members told Goga to seek medical treatment.

According to police, he began sending emails to the church in October saying "people are going to get themselves killed now" and "time to engage the artillery and kill you all."

Twelve days earlier, Goga reportedly posted a Facebook photo of an AR-15 with ammunition saying, "going on an adventure."

According to police, Goga had also reportedly threatened to shoot members of a church group in Bellevue after they confronted him about his behavior.

Goga was released on $100,000 bail. His arraignment is set for November 27.

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