HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - An alleged threat made against police landed a man in the Morgan County Jail. Investigators called in federal authorities to help find the suspect, but a family member ended up leading them to him.
Lt. Justin Barley of the Hartselle Police Department said the man called 911 just before 7 a.m. Monday. The man told the dispatcher to tell a Hartselle police captain that an officer will die Monday. When that captain heard the man's voice, they immediately realized it was 53-year-old John Compton.
Police called Compton's wife, who told investigators he had been out of the state and she hadn't seen him for several weeks. Hartselle investigators called in U.S. Marshals to track the suspect's phone.
Before they could do that, his wife called back just before noon and said Compton called her because he wanted to get into their home on Barkley Bridge Road. Police found and arrested him there.
"It's been a very violent year for police. We've had more line of duty deaths as a result of gunfire this year than we've had in a long time at this point in the year. We just don't take those things for granted," Barely said.
The bond for Compton is set at a $500,000. He is charged with making a terrorist threat. Barley said he had no weapons. He added that authorities would have pursued the investigation just as hard if a threat had been made against someone who was not an officer.
Compton's wife has reached out to us saying she had no idea he was facing those charges.
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