- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol has closed its investigation into threats reportedly made against a state lawmaker after finding there was no criminal threat.

The patrol investigated after a voicemail message was left Jan. 12 at the office of Rep. Matt Shea, a Spokane Valley Republican who made headlines for visiting an Oregon wildlife refuge that was occupied by armed protesters.

The Spokesman Review reports (https://goo.gl/DzHj2R ) that patrol investigators said the obscenity-laced call references an armed occupation of his office and not harm to an individual. Detective Sgt. Matt Wood wrote that he considered “this matter a free speech issue from a very irate person.”

Investigators were not able to determine who made the call.

The newspaper obtained the recording and documents Wednesday under a public records request.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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