A Comanche man sits in Stephens County’s jail on a $1 million bond after authorities say he made threats toward several elected officials, multiple law enforcement officers and some civilians on his Twitter account.
According to court records, Walker Dale Wilson, 23, of Comanche, faces charges of endeavoring to perform an act of violence and unlawful use of a computer system.
Reports show an investigator for the Sixth District Attorney’s Office Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force received a report from a Stephens County Sheriff’s Deputy on Nov. 12, advising the deputy had received a call from Comanche police indicating the Oklahoma Fusion Center had contacted them, stating they “had been monitoring for threats against public officials.”
The deputy further advised the investigator that upon looking at Wilson’s Twitter account, they believed “Sheriff Wayne McKinney was also a potential focus of Walker’s threats as well,” according to an affidavit.
Because of this, a deputy advised Stephens County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) shouldn’t investigate it directly, but could assist the investigator.
Records show the investigator looked through the Twitter account and found threats toward “law enforcement, civilians and government officials” along with “extremist views and violent imagery” and frequent commentary about “the use of fire arms.”
One of the Tweets, dated Nov. 9, 2020, show Wilson tweeted “Driving a 4 right turn loop around and round Comanche Town Hall blasting the Dinkheller the out of my 2 1/2 inch Skars in my trunk.” The investigator noted in the report that “Kyle Dinkheller was a Laurens County Sheriffs Deputy in Georgia who was shot by a driver of a vehicle that Dinkheller had stopped for speeding in 1998.” The report shows the driver of the vehicle in 1998 was identified as Andrew Brannan, and Brannan ended up fatality shooting Dinkheller. Since the incident, “that tape has been a training video for police all over the world,” reads the affidavit.
Other threats included descriptions of dragging officers “out on the road” with a bag on their head “to celebrate Joe Biden defunding the police,” reports state.
A Tweet on Nov. 2 reads, “It would be really fun to shoot at the National Guard, no offense,” while another Tweet, from Sept. 11, reads, “I’m gonna walk into the police station with an oily sledgehammer and take care of some business. See you tonight?”
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was also targeted, according to the report, and the Tweet made reference to “holding a sledgehammer and telling Inhofe on the account that he is getting closer and to watch his back,” reads an affidavit.
The report also notes a tweet from Nov. 16, that reads: “This is not a joke. If I am unable to create a substantial change to my living conditions in the next 72 hours I will begin targeting both elected and appointed government officials.”
A separate Tweet, also dated Nov. 16, from Wilson’s account claimed Wilson hadn’t received this year’s tax return, stimulus or any unemployment, “almost like I’m indictable, a ghost in the system.” The same Tweet also referenced Sen. Inhofe again, asking him “How does this stainless taste?”
The investigator also learned of a pawn history from the address and found a family member had numerous firearms pawned and sold to pawn shops in the last year and believed that Wilson had access to the same handguns and firearms.
On Nov. 17, following the 72 hour Tweet, law enforcement determined he had committed a felony and was subject to probable cause arrest. Around 3 p.m., the investigator was contacted by SCSO, who said Wilson had been stopped while operating a car east of Comanche on 2840 Road, just about a half mile south of State Highway 53. Wilson was put into custody as part of the investigation.
Following his arrest, deputies discovered “an unloaded, stainless steel Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver.” Law enforcement believed the weapon to be the “stainless” mentioned in the threat against Inhofe.
When interviewed about the threats under Miranda by the investigator, Wilson said he “has a lot of comedian friends that post things like that on Twitter and even had a friend on Twitter whose posts about ‘declaring war on America drew the attention of the FBI.’” The investigator, according to reports, told Wilson there was a fine line between threats and freedom of speech and asked if he thought they were funny, to which Wilson said he “didn’t mean them to be taken bad.”
When asked if the threats were serious and if he would act on them, Wilson said he didn’t but that he “did not wish to answer anymore questions.”
The investigator, when looking at the car driven by Wilson, observed a box of Monarch .38 special cartridges containing 20 live cartridges, which are compatible with the stainless firearm previously found.
Records show Wilson remains in custody on a $1 million bond and will reappear in court for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. Jan. 6, 2021.