ELKTON, Md. — According to court documents, he had only worked at Burris Logistics, a food distribution warehouse, in Elkton for two weeks, but 26-year-old Brian Knight turned to violence when he received a pink slip.
"The suspect then allegedly assaulted the supervisor, began smashing things in the area and then made threats of violence against the workplace before leaving the scene," said Ron Snyder of the Maryland State Police.
It's alleged Knight tackled his supervisor and punched him in the face and proceeded to damage a wall and to destroy a model boat as he made his way out of the building.
As he was leaving, witnesses say he shouted threats to 'kill everyone' and to 'shoot this place up'.
State police located Knight and his vehicle at his home in Delaware less than 24 hours later and arrested him without incident.
The threat comes less than a year after a temporary employee killed three people before turning the gun on herself at a Rite Aid warehouse in Aberdeen, and a man in Edgewood gunned down three of his coworkers at Granite Solutions the year before.
"Just making those threats and seeing the state that he was in, according to witnesses, and how that altercation occurred and we've had similar incidents that have escalated even further in recent years. People saw the signs and called police like they were supposed to,” said Snyder. "Troopers were able to make an arrest and thankfully, this didn't turn into another case similar to the ones you have referenced."
According to court documents, he had only worked at Burris Logistics for two weeks.
If he's convicted on all counts, Knight could face more than 20 years behind bars.