Provo man killed in FBI raid suspected of threatening Biden ahead of Utah visit

The agents were serving arrest and search warrants on him when they opened fire.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Authorities investigate a home in Provo on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023. The FBI shot and killed a man who authorities say made threats to President Joe Biden ahead of his visit to Utah on Wednesday.

FBI agents shot and killed a man in Provo early Wednesday who federal prosecutors say threatened to kill President Joe Biden ahead of his Utah visit this week.

The FBI did not immediately identify the man killed. But a criminal complaint that the U.S. Attorney’s office released to The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday indicates that he was Craig Robertson, whom federal prosecutors had recently charged with threats against the president.

Federal agents received a warrant for Robertson’s arrest on Tuesday, the document shows. Robertson was also charged with interstate threats and retaliating against federal law enforcement.

According to the complaint, Robertson had posted to social media on Monday, “I HEAR BIDEN IS COMING TO UTAH.”


[More: Read the criminal complaint against the man who died in Provo FBI raid]

The FBI shooting happened at about 6:15 a.m. Wednesday as agents were serving arrest and search warrants at a Provo home, Sandra Barker, an FBI spokesperson with the agency’s Salt Lake City division, said.

Barker did not provide an approximate address for the home or shooting scene. But the complaint indicates Robertson lived in Provo, and Utah County property records indicate his home is located near 400 North and 1220 West in the city.

FBI had previously surveilled Robertson

Robertson had been on agents’ radar since at least March 19, when the agency’s National Threat Operations Center received a tip from an unnamed social media company that a person with the username “@winston4eagles” had posted a threat to kill New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

At the time, Bragg was overseeing a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump, the complaint states.

“I’ll be waiting in the courthouse parking garage with my suppressed Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm to smoke a radical fool prosecutor that should never have been elected,” the post read in part, according to the complaint.

(FBI) This photo of a man in tactical gear was posted to Craig Deleeuw Robertson's Facebook page, according to a criminal complaint. Posts on the page made threats to assassinate President Joe Biden ahead of his visit to Utah. FBI agents shot and killed Robertson on Wednesday.

After the tip, two FBI agents began to surveil Robertson’s Provo home in March, where they saw a man later confirmed to be Robertson getting into a vehicle registered to him and driving “a short distance northbound into the parking lot of a church.”

The nearest church to Robertson’s home is a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 450 N. 1220 West, about a block away. The lay leader of the local congregation confirmed Wednesday that Robertson lived alone within his ward boundaries.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Law enforcement investigates a home in Provo, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023.

At the time Robertson left for church, he was wearing a hat that read “TRUMP” and a dark suit with an AR-15-style rifle pin attached to his lapel, the complaint states.

Several hours later, Robertson exited the church, got into his vehicle and drove the short distance home, the complaint notes. Outside the house, the agents approached him, where one called out, “Mr. Robertson?”

When Robertson answered, the agents identified themselves, the complaint states. During their conversation, Robertson admitted he used the social media username “@winston4eagles,” and when the agents said they would like to speak with him regarding a post he made, Robertson said: “I said it was a dream!”

“We’re done here!” Robertson continued, according to the complaint. “Don’t return without a warrant!”

Social media posts show history of threats

(FBI) This Facebook post from Craig Robertson is referenced in a federal complaint charging Robertson with making threats against President Joe Biden. Robertson's page also had images of numerous firearms and a man in tactical gear, according to the complaint. FBI agents shot and killed Robertson Wednesday morning.

As agents continued to investigate Robertson, they found more social media posts that appeared to indicate Robertson owned numerous firearms, including a sniper rifle, as well as a ghillie suit, and had made “violent threats to murder public officials.”

One such post, which appears to have been made to Facebook in 2022, according to the complaint, read, “THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR A PRESIDENTIAL ASSASSINATION. FIRST JOE THEN KAMALA!!!”

The posts also indicate that Robertson intended to impede, intimidate and retaliate against the FBI, the complaint states. One such post read, “HEY FBI, YOU STILL MONITORING MY SOCIAL MEDIA?”


Robertson’s federal arrest warrant was approved on Tuesday, the day after Robertson had posted about Biden’s visit to Utah, the complaint indicates.

Unclear if Robertson fired at FBI

(Courtesy) A neighbor who requested anonymity shared this photo of FBI agents outside Robertson's Provo home following a raid during which agents shot and and killed him Wednesday morning.

It is not clear whether Robertson was armed or opened fire when FBI agents shot and killed him Wednesday.

Barker, with the FBI, did not say whether any FBI agents were injured.

“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” Barker said in a statement. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting is being investigated by the agency’s Inspection Division.

Provo police on Wednesday afternoon reported that they were told Tuesday that FBI agents intended to serve a federal arrest warrant in Provo on Wednesday. Police did not assist in the serving of the warrant but said that after the shooting, the agency was “supporting the FBI while they conduct a continuing investigation.”

No further details were released Wednesday afternoon.

The clerk’s office for the U.S. District Court of Utah said they did not have any more public information they could share regarding the case.

This marks the 14th law enforcement shooting in Utah this year, according to a database maintained by The Salt Lake Tribune.

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Law enforcement investigates a home in Provo, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023.

— Tribune staff writer Emily Anderson Stern contributed to this report.