Incident Summary:

05/17/2020: An assailant armed with a shotgun threatened to ram his vehicle into the gate of a Coast Guard base in Essexville, Michigan, United States. The assailant, identified as Jesse T. McFadden, was unable to gain access to the base and drove away. Police later arrested McFadden at a nearby gas station. In a call to police dispatchers earlier in the day, McFadden indicated that he wanted to attack a both a police station and Standish hospital where he intended to "disrupt the power to the hospital, unlock the doors, and release patients under COVID-19 quarantine." Authorities believed that he attempted to steal the helicopter to aid in his attack on the police station and hospital.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Hospital
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Specific Description Station Saginaw River
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Arenac County Police Department
Specific Description Dispatchers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun and a black Ford explorer were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (pre-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Armed 70-year-old tried to steal helicopter so he could fly to a hospital and free quarantined coronavirus patients," Independent Online, May 22, 2020.