Report: Rock Hill man threatened to kill deputy, called Charleston shooter ‘God’


A man who threatened injury and death to a York County deputy also called the accused Charleston shooter “God,” according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Newton Bledsoe, 57, was charged with threatening the life of a public official, disorderly conduct and contempt of magistrate’s court. He was placed in the Moss Justice Center, where he remained Monday under $1,200 bond.

A deputy found Bledsoe shirtless, intoxicated and lying on a picnic bench outside a business on Hall Spencer Road in Catawba about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a sheriff’s report. He had two open containers of beer and smelled strongly of alcohol.

Bledsoe, who was unable to talk correctly or stand up, had reportedly been acting aggressively toward people. Bledsoe was charged with disorderly conduct, and during transport to the jail, he used racial slurs toward the deputy.

“Michael would go on to say the suspect from the Charleston shooting was God, and he himself would kill me,” the report states. He also threatened to shoot the deputy, and to blow both of them up with a bomb.

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