Po­lice: Woman threat­ened mass shoot­ing at K-9’s me­mo­rial ser­vice

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Su­san­nah Bryan Su­san­nah Bryan can be reached at [email protected] sun­sen­tinel.com or 954-356-4554. Find her on Twit­ter @Su­san­nah_Bryan.

Think you can post threats on Face­book tar­get­ing po­lice and get away with it?

Think again.

A Boca Ra­ton woman ac­cused of threat­en­ing a mass shoot­ing over the death of a po­lice dog named Cigo was ar­rested on felony charges Satur­day by a de­tec­tive with the Palm Beach County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice.

Jill Hoff­man, 66, posted more than 100 threat­en­ing com­ments on the agency’s Face­book page after Cigo was killed in the line of duty dur­ing a Christ­mas Eve shoot­ing, an ar­rest re­port says.

The com­ments were “ag­gres­sive in na­ture” and blamed Cigo’s death on the Sher­iff’s Of­fice, po­lice say.

Hoff­mann al­legedly made this com­ment un­der an an­nounce­ment re­gard­ing the me­mo­rial ser­vice for Cigo: “Great venue for a mass shoot­ing.”

Un­der the agency’s post about ac­tive shoot­ing train­ing for civil­ians, po­lice say Hoff­man wrote: “I hope all of you are the first to be shot!!”

And un­der an item about a deputy build­ing a North Pole mail­box for chil­dren, de­tec­tives say she wrote: “How about build­ing your­selves coffins and jump­ing in them. You’re go­ing to need them.”

Hoff­man is ac­cused of post­ing her com­ments us­ing the name Michael R. Reed, De­tec­tive Matthew Ott said in his ar­rest re­port.

Cigo and his han­dler, Deputy Ryan So­ri­ano, were part of a team hunt­ing down two sus­pects wanted for at­tempted mur­der who were spot­ted at a Welling­ton mall on Christ­mas Eve.

When deputies ap­proached the sus­pects, one of them took off run­ning.

So­ri­ano sent Cigo after him. The agency says the sus­pect shot at deputies but hit Cigo.

The 3-year-old Ger­man shep­herd was rushed to an emer­gency vet, but died from his wounds.

“Re­mem­ber, the dog did his job and he saved those of­fi­cers’ lives,” Sher­iff Ric Brad­shaw said at Cigo’s me­mo­rial ser­vice.

The agency has awarded Cigo with the of­fice’s high­est honor, the Medal of Honor.

The ser­vice, held Jan. 10 at the South Flor­ida Fair­grounds in West Palm Beach, drew dozens of deputies from the Palm Beach County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice, the Broward Sher­iff ’s Of­fice and other agen­cies.

It was un­clear Sun­day whether Hoff­man at­tended the ser­vice.

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