HOUSTON – A Houston firefighter has been charged after allegedly threatening to shoot or kill everyone at his fire station in north Houston, according to court documents.
Scott Niles, 36, was charged with making a terroristic threat.
An engineer at Station 64 told investigators that on April 29, Niles told him he was “going to start shooting people and was trying to figure out who he was going to take out first.” The engineer said he believed Niles was serious and feared for his own safety, and the safety of his fellow firefighters.
Another employee at the station allegedly heard the same thing.
A firefighter said after hearing Niles say he was going to shoot everyone, he asked if that included him as well. The firefighter said Niles did not respond, so it led him to believe that he wanted to harm them all. The firefighter said another reason he took the threat seriously is because he had seen several high-tech guns in the trunk of Niles’ vehicle when it was parked at the station. Among those weapons were an AR-15, a few rifles, a Mac-10 style gun and several handguns, according to documents.
Charges were filed and Niles’ bond was set at $2,500.
Niles told KHOU 11 News Reporter Rekha Muddara over the phone that his stomach is in knots over these allegations and he's "trying to figure it all out."
Bryan Sky-Eagle with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association released the following statement:
“It’s such a shock. It’s not something you can take lightly in these times. Taking action on something like that was the best thing to do.”