Knight-Swift Truck Driver Who Threatened to Carry Out Mass Shooting Sentenced to Prison
Mobile, AL – A truck driver who pleaded guilty to threatening to carry out a mass shooting at a church in Memphis last year has been sentenced to prison.
In August 2019, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) reported 39-year-old Thomas Matthew McVicker, from Punta Gorda, FL, was arrested in Indianapolis, IN.
According to court documents, on August 9, 2019, McVicker texted to a female friend who resided in Baldwin County, AL, “I was thinking about shooting a church up but I am afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh after I’m gone.”
He continued, “So I think I’m just gonna kill some people on the street and get away with it then kill myself.”
Court documents also allege that McVicker told the same friend on August 14 that he planned “shoot up” a church in Memphis on August 22.
Following McViker’s threats, the friend contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the information.
FBI officers were able to confirm with McVicker’s trucking company, Knight-Swift Transportation, that he had requested time off and would be in Memphis on August 22.
He was apprehended by the FBI the Monday prior, before he could carry out the threatened attacks.
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), McVicker was in possession of a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun, five 9mm magazines (one loaded with ten 9mm rounds of ammunition), one magazine assist loader, and two (2) full boxes of fifty (50) rounds of 9mm ammunition at the time of his arrest.
McVicker admitted to police to making the threats, but denied his intent to follow through.
He also admitted to authorities that he has a history of mental health issues.
Following his arrest, McVicker’s mother told The Associated Press that her son was under treatment for schizophrenia and “sometimes” uses cocaine and methamphetamine.
In April 2020, McVicker pleaded guilty to a charge of Interstate Transmission of Threat to Injure.
On Friday, August 14, 2020, United States District Court Judge Terry Moorer sentenced McVicker to two years in prison, where he is required to undergo mental health treatment.
Further, following his release in 2022, he was ordered to serve a three-year term of supervised released and continue mental health treatments.
McVicker’s social media indicated he previously drove for Marten Transport and Heartland Express.