Omak man arrested for allegedly threatening the lives of sheriffs

Jaydin Ledford / Photo courtesy Okanogan County Sheriff

A 23-year-old Omak man has been arrested for making social media posts that threatened the lives of sheriffs who refused to enforce Washington’s new gun laws.

Jaydin H. Ledford was first taken to the Okanogan County Jail, then turned over to the FBI after being arrested at his home just before noon today. He faces a state charge of harassment, threat to kill and intimidating a public servant, said Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley.

The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force worked with Omak police and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office in making the arrest.

Posts on Facebook under his name said “I-1639 is law. Sheriffs that are non compliant will be shot by me.”

He specifically mentioned Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovish, saying “Ozzie Knezovich is going to get a bullet in his skull.”


On a NCWLIFE story posted on Facebook about Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones not enforcing I-1639, Ledford posted “His head is mine.”

Hawley said in a press release that investigators learned early in the investigation that Ledford lived in Omak.

‘These threats were taken very seriously and all Law Enforcement agencies in the area were notified to be cautious of Ledford, especially if they were to need to respond to a call for service involving him or in the area of his residence,” Hawley said.