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Police: Man threatens to kill police, attack jail after getting arrested

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A Mid-Michigan man threatened to kill police after he was arrested on Friday.

The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in Tuscola County.

The Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home on the north end of the county for a breaking and entering. The homeowner had come home and found his house had been broken into, police said.

He also reported a suspicious person in the area.

Upon arrival, police located a person matching the description given by the homeowner. Upon contact, a loaded handgun was found on the suspect, police said.

The suspect, David Pontello, 44, was also carrying a backpack with a broken down shotgun, ammo, and ballistic armor.

During the investigation police discovered Pontello may not have been involved with the breaking and entering, police said.

Pontello, of Akron, was arrested for outstanding warrants, possession of body armor by a felon, illegal possession of a handgun and felon in possession of a firearm.

The sheriff’s officer continued to investigate the breaking and entering while the Michigan State Police transported Pontello to jail.

While he was being transported to jail, Pontello made threats to kill the deputy and the troopers, and attack the jail once he was released, police said.

He has been arraigned for carrying a concealed weapon, threats of terrorism, and two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

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