Two men were arrested after allegedly plotting to kill police, Massachusetts officials confirmed Tuesday.
The Essex County Disitrict Attorney’s Office confirms the arrests of Kelvin Mendoza and Emanuel Rodriguez Shonyo.
Mendoza, authorities confirm, is on active military duty.
The suspects were caught in a car in Salem overnight. According to the DA’s office, both men were in possession of “large capacity firearms.”
The men were also in possession of a police scanner.
Emanuel Rodriguez Shonyo has a prior record dating back to charges of assault and battery on a household member, intimidating a witness and malicious destruction of property over $250 in 2014.
We’ll update this story as the situation develops.
Update: The story seems to be somewhat less than the local news channels originally asserted.
The Essex County Disitrict Attorney’s Office confirms the arrests of Kelvin Mendoza and Emanuel Rodriguez-Shonyo. The suspects were stopped after going the wrong way on a one-way street.
According to the police report, Mendoza, the driver, jumped out of the car and started shouting obscenities at the officers, making references to “police officers being ‘shot all over the country’ in a tone that we believed was intended to intimidate the scene officers.”
The police report also says an erratic Mendoza yelled at Rodriguez-Shonyo “Don’t say nothing! Don’t show them nothing!”
The district attorney’s office says Mendoza is on active duty with the Army Reserves, but according to the police report, he mentioned being discharged from the military.