“The drama began Tuesday when an anonymous tipster called the 32nd Precinct detective squad, claiming Shelton was plotting to shoot a cop. Someone later called the Philadelphia police and said the same thing. One of the callers said Shelton pledged his allegiance to ISIS.”
“Ex-con turns himself in after allegedly threatening to kill NYPD and Philadelphia cops; pledged allegiance to ISIS,” by Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy, Chelsia Rose Marcius, and Graham Rayman, New York Daily News, January 20, 2016 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
The NYPD put the entire force on alert Wednesday morning after an ex-con who allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS threatened to kill a cop.
But Marcus Shelton, 36, surrendered hours later — unarmed and without incident — before he was carted off to court to answer two open warrants on parole violations. He hadn’t been charged with making a threat by Wednesday night.
“There is no belief that he was a threat to anyone,” a high-ranking police source with knowledge of the incident told the Daily News….
The man’s father said Shelton’s brother, Jason Paige, who died about a decade ago, was a Marine and a city cop. It was inconceivable that he could hurt a police officer, the dad said.
“I’m glad he turned himself in and that he’s cooperating with authorities,” Jason Paige, 72, told The Daily News at his home in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
Paige, who shares the same name as the son who died, said the siblings were very close.
“They got along very well,” he said. “It just doesn’t add up.”
The drama began Tuesday when an anonymous tipster called the 32nd Precinct detective squad, claiming Shelton was plotting to shoot a cop. Someone later called the Philadelphia police and said the same thing. One of the callers said Shelton pledged his allegiance to ISIS.
Shelton was identified by name in both calls, but it’s not clear if the calls were made by the same person, sources said.
Philadelphia cops traced the call to an address in upper Manhattan and notified the NYPD.
The NYPD took it seriously, issuing an Officer Safety Alert across the department, according to Thomas Galati, chief of the NYPD Intelligence Bureau.
“We are taking it serious based on what happened in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago,” Galati said of the threat.
Cops in Philadelphia received a call threatening an officer, and discovered it came from a Manhattan address. The NYPD then recieved [sic] a similar call, and sent out an Officer Safety Alert….
“Be mindful that any call, regardless of how insignificant it appears to be, may be a set up,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said.
Cops from the warrant squad paid a visit to Shelton’s dad Wednesday morning. The dad said he never heard Shelton mention ISIS….