ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Police say 49-year-old Billy Schultz, a former Indian River County sheriff's deputy, texted a death threat to his wife on Tuesday, just before she was supposed to fly from Las Vegas to Orlando.
"Schultz was texting her saying, "I'm gonna kill you when you get back,'" said Lt. Mike Bandish of the Palm Bay Police Department. "He was also making other very specific threats."
Police say they raced to Schultz's Palm Bay home on Altamira St. to try and stop him from going to Orlando International airport after his daughter told them about the death threat. Police say when they arrived, his pickup truck was already gone.
Lt. Bandish says Orlando Police were notified of the Schultz's alleged threats and that he might be coming to the airport. Orlando Police say they sent a heavily armed officer to patrol the area and look for Schultz, but he ended up coming to them.
In Schultz's arrest report, it claims when the suspect got close enough to the officer to ask for directions. The officer recognized who he was and ordered him to the ground with his hands raised. The suspect was taken into custody without any problems, and police say a 9mm Beretta handgun was found in his waistband at the time.
"The wife's life was in danger, the Orlando Police and security at the International Airport, other passengers," said Bandish. "We don't know what would have happened if he would have opened up on other people out there. All we knew is we had to stop it quick."
According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Schultz worked as a deputy with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office from 1996 to 1997. Neighbors describe the suspect as friendly and always willing to help. They say he is also a military veteran, who they claim told them he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.