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Boston firefighter allegedly made threats to commander

Police are seeking to bring criminal charges against a longtime Boston firefighter who, ­officials say, threatened to wreak havoc that would make the ­recent rampage of a man who shot and killed four people in California look like “child’s play.”

Steve MacDonald, a Fire Depart­ment spokesman, identified the firefighter as Kenneth Veiga, a 24-year veteran of the department. He said that Veiga has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Veiga could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Boston police said detectives spoke Tuesday with a Fire Depart­ment commander and a firefighters’ union representative, who said they had talked with Veiga by phone to check on his well-being when the incident occurred.

During the conversation, Veiga allegedly referred to smashing a firetruck into a wall and said, according to a police report: “I am Army-trained and have weapons and ammunitions in a storage locker. Dorner will be child’s play.”

That statement was a reference to Christopher Dorner, the fired Los Angeles police officer who killed four people and wounded three others before dying of an apparently self-
inflicted wound while under siege by police.

Veiga said during the phone conversation that he was upset with a Fire Department doctor who had cleared him to return to work Friday before he could see his personal physician, the report states.

He also said he was angry “with City Hall, Fire Department Headquarters, and the Firefighters Union Hall,” accord­ing to the report.

MacDonald said he could not say if Veiga had recently been out on medical leave, or if he has any prior disciplinary ­record. He said the department does not discuss personnel matters publicly.

Richard Paris, president of the Boston firefighters’ union, did not return calls seeking comment.

A spokesman for Mayor Thomas M. Menino referred questions to police.

Cheryl Fiandaca, a Boston police spokeswoman, said that police are seeking to charge ­Veiga with making threats. A hearing is scheduled for March 4 in West Roxbury District Court.

Fiandaca said Veiga has not been interviewed by police.

“Because this is a criminal matter, he’s under no obligation to speak to officers,” she said.

Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from the Associated Press was also used. Travis
Andersen can be reached at tandersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.
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