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Man who once made threats against the president was shot to death in New Bedford

New Bedford police said a man was shot to death outside 139 Dartmouth St. (WJAR)

Bristol County authorities said Wednesday that a man who once threatened the president was shot to death in New Bedford.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said Ausarmaat Rahotep, 41, of New Bedford, was found outside 139 Dartmouth St. at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Rahotep died at St. Luke's Hospital.

The victim's sister, Josefina Rodrigues, said he was staying with her temporarily due to the pandemic.

Rodrigues said Rahotep was sitting in a chair outside when all of a sudden they heard gun fire.

"I just moved here, this is not a crazy street. I don't know what happened," she said. "I'm in shock, I'm in pain."

Rahotep known as a family man and for his love to work.

There's no word yet on any suspects or what the motive was in.

Rodrigues said she wants answers and she wants justice for her brother.

"He loved people, was very friendly with everybody, especially the neighbors here. They loved him" she said. "I need the police to catch the guy."

According to the District Attorney's Office, Rahotep is the same man who in 2017 made threats to President Donald Trump in Florida.

At the time, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Rahotep allegedly called 911 and said he was taking bombs to Trump.

Rahotep was driving a tractor-trailer at the time of the call and led officers on a chase, according to the Columbia County Sherrif's Office.

No explosives were found, police said.



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