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Austin Police: Man Arrested After Making Death Threat Against Judge
An Austin man, accused of making death threat to a judge, is behind bars.
Shawn Erik Haugen, 26, is charged with retaliation, a third degree felony.
Police learned about the threat Friday.
According to an arrest affidavit, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman had taken away Haugen's ability to act on his own behalf in legal matters because of his severe schizophrenia.
Herman received a call from Haugen's public defender saying she received an angry voice mail from her client, the affidavit said. Haugen knew the judge's home address and phone number, and threatened to kill Herman, according to the affidavit.
Then Herman's wife called him stating a message was on their home answering machine also threatening the judge, police said. The family went to stay in a hotel and received police protection.
Officers arrested Haugen on Saturday.
(Photo from Austin Police)