Complaint alleges La Feria man threatened to shoot employees at VA clinic in Harlingen

Photo taken June 9, 2014. VA Health Care Center at Harlingen. (AP Photo/Valley Morning Star, David Pike)

A La Feria man was arrested this week after authorities alleged he threatened to shoot employees at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Harlingen, as well as to blow up the VA, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Brownsville this week.

Dennis Daily, of La Feria, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald G. Morgan on Thursday for an initial hearing. According to court records, he waived court-appointed counsel and was held without bond.

Due to a 14-day quarantine period at the Willacy County Regional Detention Facility under CDC guidelines, Dailey’s detention hearing was postponed.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Dailey called the suicide prevention hotline of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on July 20, expressing to a Suicide Case Prevention Manager that he was having suicidal thoughts and was angry with the VA.

“Daily told the SPCM that he planned to shoot VA employees at the VA hospital in Harlingen, Texas. Dailey also stated he planned to kill people between the ages of 18-30 because they are spreading COVID-19,” the document stated.

The FBI Special Agent who completed the affidavit wrote, “Dailey also told the SPCM that he had ‘many guns and bombs.’ Daily further told the SPCM that he will blow the VA up and kill whoever needs to be killed.”

According to the complaint, FBI agents interviewed Dailey’s sister and brother in-law on July 21, during which the two alleged that Daily is “unstable” and suffers from a PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the document, Dailey allegedly told his brother-in-law that “he could make a bomb and it would only take magnesium and rust.” Both relatives told agents that Dailey “was former ‘Special Forces’ and has the ability to make explosives and hurt people,” according to the document.

His sister alleged that “anytime she visits him she carries a firearm for protection,” the affidavit stated.

Dailey was committed to a mental health facility for a holding period, and afterwards, his relatives removed 11 guns from a safe at his residence, according to the complaint.

Agents were alerted to “a garage with workspace full of stuff”, though Dailey’s sister was unsure what was inside or whether a bomb could be made from the materials, the document stated.

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