'He Was Prepared To Kill As Many Cops As He Could': South Carolina Sheriff Describes Discovery During Domestic Violence Investigation
While they were investigating a domestic violence incident, deputies encountered a heavily-armed man who was “prepared to kill as many cops as he could,” the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday. No shots were fired and “no one got hurt,” Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release. The incident happened last Friday, when deputies were investigating an incident involving domestic violence, according to the release. Information about where the incident happened was not available. During the investigation, deputies discovered that 43-year-old Zachary Tanaka had made threats to harm law enforcement officers, his wife, and his children, the sheriff’s department said. This prompted deputies to search Tanaka’s home, according to the release. During the search, deputies found anti-police propaganda, a makeshift barricade with sandbags, and many weapons with ammunition, according to the release. There was no word on the specific nature of the anti-police materials. The sheriff’s department shared photos from the search that showed multiple rifles and pistols. Information about how many guns were found, and if they were legally owned by Tanaka, was not available.