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Kenneth Baxter

TEXARKANA, Texas —A man whose former co-workers at a local Walmart were made uneasy by statements he allegedly made about mass shootings has been indicted for terroristic threatening by a Bowie County grand jury.

Kenneth Scott Baxter, 62, was brought to the attention of the New Boston, Texas, Police Department by Walmart security personnel July 1, according to a probable cause affidavit. Two of Baxter's co-workers at the Walmart in New Boston, where Baxter worked approximately 20 years, allegedly reported three alarming statements made by Baxter in June 2019.

Baxter allegedly told a co-worker June 18 that he felt store management was "out to get him" and that the company's active shooter training was "because of employees like him and that he knew he could get away with it too because he has been diagnosed with severe depression," the affidavit states.

Baxter allegedly made a comment to a different co-worker June 29 about active shooter training.

"You know those active shooter videos? They're warning you about me," Baxter allegedly said.

The following day, June 30, Baxter allegedly made another troubling statement after complaining that management had been "riding" him.

"When I leave this place I'm taking some people with me," Baxter allegedly said.

The affidavit notes that Baxter allegedly made threats of suicide when a Hooks, Texas, police officer attempted to pull him over Nov. 2, 2018. Baxter's former wife allegedly told the Hooks officer that Baxter put a 9 mm handgun in his mouth but put it down and pulled over after she told him she loved him and promised not to leave him.

Baxter's wife filed for divorce and a protective order after the incident and court records show a divorce was finalized in October in Bowie County district court.

Baxter was arrested July 2 for terroristic threatening, placing the public in fear. He was released the following day on a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

Baxter's case is assigned to 202nd District Judge John Tidwell. A date for his arraignment on the charge has not been scheduled.

He faces two to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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