Texas Republican accused in shooting threat amid immigration protests

Published: May. 30, 2017 at 4:59 AM CDT
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A group of Democratic state representatives are accusing a Texas lawmaker of threatening to shoot a colleague.

The threat allegedly came amid fiery protests at the Texas Capitol Monday afternoon over a recently approved anti-sanctuary cities bill.

Demonstrators filled the Austin Statehouse, rallying against the state's SB-4 bill. Signed into law earlier this month, it requires local police departments to enforce federal immigration laws. The protests grew into a scuffle, during which Democrats say Republican Representative Matt Rinald threatened to "put a bullet in the head" of Democrat Poncho Nevarez.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Representative Rinaldi admitted he did make the threat, but only after he says Nevarez threatened his life. Nevarez later disputed Rinaldi's claim via Twitter.

No charges were filed against any of the lawmakers involved.