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Man who allegedly planned war on police faces more charges

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 19, 2017 2:43 PM
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(York) -- A Maryland man accused of planning an attack on police is now facing charges for allegedly threatening a Pennsylvania corrections officer.

The York Dispatch reports 57-year-old Howard Cofflin Jr., formerly of Loganville, has been charged with making terroristic threats, institutional vandalism, and criminal mischief. Police say Cofflin threatened to kill a corrections officer and punched out the window of his York County jail cell after the officer asked him to remove a piece of paper.

Cofflin was jailed in 2016 after threatening his ex-girlfriend. Police say Cofflin told investigators he was planning to attack law enforcement with tactical gear and converted bombs made of propane tanks because of unfavorable court rulings.

Cofflin is charged with several counts including attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer. A trial date hasn't been set.

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