SURPRISE, AZ — A man has been arrested after reportedly sending threatening texts to his girlfriend, threatening to shoot her and her church.
Surprise police report that on August 15, officers were contacted by a woman saying her boyfriend, 44-year-old Brandon Douglas Waller, made threats toward her and her church.
The victim reportedly told police that she was trying to get out of the relationship.
After she refused to answer his calls, Waller allegedly sent several threatening texts: "Play me, get killed, and all your so-called church friends." Another text reportedly said, " Bang bang, Crazy white dude gonna shoot up the white church."
The victim reported to police that Waller knows the Surprise church she attends each Sunday.
Waller was located and arrested near 43rd Avenue and Indian School Road on August 28. Upon his arrest, he allegedly admitted to sending the texts saying that he was "being stupid."
He has been charged with computer tampering and using electronic communication to make threats.
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic or sexual violence, there are several local and national organizations offering resources. Anyone in need of immediate assistance should contact either the Maricopa County Shelter Line at 480-890-3039, the National 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), or the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 602-279-2900. A number of organizations are available 24 hours a day for anyone at risk of experiencing domestic or sexual violence.
See a directory of domestic violence programs here