Oklahoma man arrested in connection with Salem Satanic Temple bombing

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SALEM — An Oklahoma man was arrested on April 17 for his alleged involvement in the bombing of the Satanic Temple in Salem on April 8, according to Salem Police Department Chief Lucas J. Miller.

Patrick Palmer of Perkins, Oklahoma, was taken into custody following a collaborative effort between Salem detectives, the FBI, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The arrest marks the culmination of an investigation sparked by the incident that targeted the religious institution.

Chief Miller expressed his satisfaction with the arrest and commended the relentless work of the Salem Police detectives and the strong partnership between the involved agencies.

He emphasized that acts of violence against Salem will be met with rigorous investigation and the perpetrators will be pursued and apprehended.

Salem Mayor Dominick Pangallo also issued a statement, acknowledging the diligent efforts of the law enforcement agencies and advocating for swift judicial action to ensure justice.

He reaffirmed Salem as a welcoming community and condemned any violence aimed at instilling fear or disrupting the peace in the city.

Palmer’s arrest is a result of the combined effort of local, state, and federal authorities, including assistance from local Oklahoma law enforcement.

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