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Police: Man says he is Merle Haggard, threatens violence

Courtesy: WTAE-TV Courtesy: WTAE-TV
Courtesy: WTAE-TV Courtesy: WTAE-TV

A man in Pennsylvania was arrested after claiming to be a country singer and allegedly making repeated threats toward authorities during six calls to 911 Monday morning.

According to WTAE-TV, Daniel Hendrie, 64, made the threats between 4:50 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, a town 13 miles west of Pittsburgh, saying he was going to shoot a police officer.

Reports say Hendrie also claimed he was famed outlaw country artist Merle Haggard.

Eventually, authorities used Hendrie's cell phone to locate him at a nearby Days Inn.

Officers reported they found nothing suspicious inside his room, and that Hendrie told them he was in the area to see Governor Tom Corbett.

Police placed a nearby school district on lockdown due to Hendrie's violent threats.

"When this person made threats, especially threats of violence, then we didn't want to take any chances," Monroeville police Sgt. Rob McConnell told the news station.

Police stated Hendrie's threats continued in the police car and inside the courtroom Monday.

WTAE said he also yelled profanity at the judge after his bond was set at $250,000, saying he didn't have the money and was just a poor man.

He is due back in court October 1.

*WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.

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