published : 2023-11-06

Army Veteran Arrested for Threatening to Kill Soldiers in California

Christian Ernest Beyer, Convicted of Assault, Allegedly Posts Threatening Videos Online

An Army veteran, Christian Ernest Beyer, in uniform at Fort Irwin, California, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

An Army veteran has been arrested for allegedly threatening to kill soldiers stationed at Fort Irwin in California.

Christian Ernest Beyer, 41, of Petaluma, has been charged with interstate threats, a crime that carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, according to the Department of Justice.

Beyer, who served in the Army and was stationed at Fort Irwin, was court-martialed in 2021 for assault.

In a recently revealed affidavit, it was disclosed that Beyer posted a YouTube video under his own name last month, in which he specifically targeted and threatened to kill certain soldiers at Fort Irwin.

A YouTube screenshot of Christian Ernest Beyer's threatening video, showing his determined expression, taken with a Nikon D850.

In the video, Beyer defiantly proclaimed, 'I had a great life, and I will die for what I believe in. If you come to get me and you have a uniform on, you're an enemy and I will not look at you as anything else. I will fight you 'til I take you down.'

Beyer was apprehended at his father's residence on Wednesday and has been charged with a felony offense.

This is not the first violent incident involving Beyer. In October, Beyer reportedly threatened a group of elderly people with a knife in Mendocino County.

After leaving his car in the neighborhood, Beyer engaged in an altercation with the group, brandishing a knife and then speeding toward them in his vehicle.

A group of soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team during training at Fort Irwin, California, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Beyer managed to escape to a parking lot and attempted to flee when confronted by local police, resulting in a manhunt and eventually his arrest.

The FBI, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force, is currently investigating the case, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Weiner of the General Crimes Section is responsible for prosecuting Beyer.

Further details on the case could not be obtained from the Justice Department at this time.