Man charged with committing act of terrorism in Cookeville

William Cope

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Cookeville man is in custody after police found bomb makings in his home.

Cookeville police responded to a call from the Veterans Affairs Crisis Hotline concerning active threats made by William Cope. Police say the threats were to hurt himself and his ex-wife.

Cope, 59, reportedly made comments indicating he had materials and knowledge to create pipe bombs.

Police said they obtained information suggesting Cope might have plans to damage a government facility with explosives.

Officers obtained a search warrant for Cope’s residence on Sliger Road and searched the property. Explosive detection K-9s alerted inside the residence.

An amount of ammonium nitrate/fuel oil mixture and blasting caps were found in the home, along with a stolen handgun.

The bomb makings were destroyed by the Explosives/Ordnance Unit of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Cope was arrested and charged with committing an act of terrorism, possession of stolen property and possession of prohibited weapons. He is in the Putnam County jail on a $550,000 bond.

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