Charlottesville Police arrested Bryan Silva Monday evening following a string of threatening social media posts Silva had made throughout the week, including a video of weapons ammunition. Silva has been convicted of multiple counts of prior possession of an illegal firearm and cannot own ammunition.
CPD was made aware of Silva’s posts following Sunday’s shooting, after some confusion that Silva may have been involved in the incident. At this time, police have found no connection between Sunday’s incident and Silva’s threats. Silva has no connection to the University but is known among University police and the University’s threat assessment team for his past behavior.
“CPD does not believe at this time Mr. Silva’s threats were related to the tragic events that occurred last night at the University of Virginia,” the press release reads. “However, we understand the fear this caused in our community and acted swiftly to resolve this investigation.”
Police obtained and subsequently served a search warrant for an address associated with Silva at approximately 4 p.m. He was subsequently charged with violating Virginia state code § 18.2-308.2, possession or transportation of a firearm by a convicted felon, and state code § 18.2-250, possession of unlawful controlled substances.
Silva was served an outstanding protective order issued by the Albemarle County General District Court and was held without bond at the Albemarle – Charlottesville Regional Jail.