'Traitors get shot': Texas man arrested over Capitol riots after his son tipped off FBI
Jackson Reffitt, 18, saw his father when he saw live footage of Capitol Riot - AP
A Texas teenager who gave the FBI a lead on his father's alleged involvement in the Capitol riot said he would "do it again" despite alleging his father threatened to shoot him as a "traitor".
Jackson Reffitt, 18, said he felt a moral obligation to report his father to authorities after watching him watch the violent riot on live television.
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His father, Guy, 48, was arrested on January 16 at his Wylie, Texas home and charged with obstruction of justice and knowingly entering a restricted building.
According to court records, Mr. Reffitt allegedly threatened his wife and children, saying, "If you hand me in, you will be a traitor and you will know what happens to traitors ... Traitors will be shot."
The younger Mr Reffitt said he was "afraid" of what his father might think of him, but told local broadcaster Fox 4 that he was acting by his "moral compass".
"[It was] what I thought was going to protect not only my family but my father himself," he said.
Mr. Reffitt added that he "felt guilty" about giving up his father but "would do it again".
Mr Reffitt said his father was a member of the far-right militia group and had held radicalized views in recent years.
He said he saw his father in a protective vest and black helmet at the Capitol on Jan. 6, while watching live coverage of the injury.
The younger Mr Reffitt said he reported his father to the FBI weeks before the riot, after his father told him he was going to "do something big".
During his arrest, FBI agents discovered an AR-15 rifle and pistol in his home. The elderly Mr. Reffitt told investigators that he had taken the gun with him to Washington.
According to an affidavit from local news outlets, the elderly Mr. Reffitt told his family that he had gone to the US capital "to protect the country".
When he returned home, he reportedly told them about his involvement in the storming of the Capitol. However, when he learned that law enforcement officers were trying to track him down, he warned them not to report him and said, "Traitors will be shot," according to court documents.
His family said they did not believe he would act on what he had said but were "disturbed" by the comments according to court documents.
The elderly Mr. Reffitt told FBI agents he was in the Capitol but did not go in, the records say.
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