A man threatened the Texas Department of Public Safety driver’s license office in Copperas Cove on Monday morning, police said.
Carlos Cardonna, a 39-year-old Cove resident, was taken into custody around 8:40 a.m. and was charged with making a terrorist threat, according to the Copperas Cove Police Department.
Bill Thomas, who was in line at the driver’s license office, said Cardonna called 911 and threatened to shoot people in the building.
“I was in line getting my driver’s license, standing behind the young man,” said Thomas, adding he didn’t see a gun and didn’t believe the man was carrying one.
“But he was threatening to kill me and everyone in there, saying that he was going to kill us with the gun he had,” Thomas said.
Cardonna, wearing a loose-fitting hoodie-like jacket, told the nine people in the office that he had a gun, although he never showed it, Thomas said.
Cardonna made the 911 call after seemingly “flipping out,” Thomas said.
“Prior to (threatening us), he was speaking to me about a hat my grandson gave me that said ‘Bronze Star Heroic Achievement,’ ... (and Cardonna) thanked me for my military service,” he said.
Thomas said Cardonna’s mother, who also was in line, said her son had mental problems.
No injuries were reported, and police said no weapons were found on Cardonna.
Cardonna is being held at the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department. His bond was set at $75,000.