Matt Harrigan warned he was getting a sniper rifle.
Matt Harrigan, the CEO and President of PacketSled, a cybersecurity firm based in San Diego, California, was recently fired after posting death threats against president-elect Donald Trump on social media.
Harrigan, the cybersecurity firmâ€™s former CEO, gained the attention of Reddit users on Sunday when a few comments he had written on Facebook were posted to the site, reported Fortune.
The comments were perceived as death threats by some of Trumpâ€™s supporters, some of whom took to the subreddit page â€œ/r/The_Donaldâ€ asking that people call the Secret Service to report Harrigan.
Comments that worried the redditors included â€œIâ€™m going to kill the president. Elect [sic],â€ â€œBring it secret service,â€ and â€œgetting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts.â€ One post claimed that Harrigan had ties to the CIA, pointing to a picture he had posted with former CIA director James Woolsey.
The Daily Beast reported another comment suggested he would get a sniper rifle and perch himself near the presidential residency.
â€œFind a bedroom in the whitehouse [sic] that suits you motherfucker. Iâ€™ll find you.â€ Harrigan posted the comments in response to the election results.
The CEO was placed on administrative leave by PacketSled shortly after the posts became wide-spread. In a statement on PacketSled’s website, Harrigan explained that the statements were â€œintended to be a joke… and only privately shared as such.â€ The apology has since been removed, but a new post stating that the board of directors has â€œaccepted the resignation of President and CEO Matthew Harrigan, effective immediatelyâ€ was put on the site.