FIRST ON FOX: Metro employee accused of threatening police families still on active status

FOX 5 reported exclusively Thursday that a D.C. Metro employee is being investigated for threats against police families.  The issue is obviously heightened after two police officers were shot in Ferguson this week.

Asked whether the employee was still being paid and on duty, Morgan Dye, spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, emailed FOX 5, "The employee is in an active status. We are aware of the matter and taking it very seriously. An internal investigation is currently underway. We do not have further information to offer at this time. "

Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said that the matter is being handled by Metro and Maryland authorities.

D.C. Police Union Chairman Delroy Burton told FOX 5 that, "Given the atmosphere we have right now, it's a concern that a Metro employee would make what seems to be threats against families of all police officers just because he is unhappy with the actions attributed to some police officers."

Burton added, "Bus and Metro operators are just as vulnerable as police officers to unprovoked attacks. So the fact that a Metro employee made a threat like that against police officers families is unacceptable."

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