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NYPD Makes Seventh Arrest in Connection with Threats Against Department

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A New York City man is behind bars on weapons charges after police say he became the seventh person arrested for making threats against the NYPD since two police officers were killed in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Authorities say Elvin Payamps, 38, is under arrest on several weapons and drug charges.

A witness called police Wednesday afternoon after allegedly hearing Payamps talking about killing officers while on his cell phone.

While searching his home, officers said they found two firearms, two bullet resistant vests, brass knuckles and a holster.

Meanwhile Police say Jose Maldonado, 26, turned himself in on Wednesday to face charges of making terroristic threats on Facebook involving the killing of police officers.

Devon Coley, 18, turned himself in Sunday, claiming responsibility for a Facebook post in which he stated "73 Next," referring to the 73rd precinct in Brownsville. He also posted a picture of a gun pointed at a police officer.

Coley was released on his own recognizance and will be back in court January 9.

Yasin Shearin, 16, also turned himself in after police say he posted the same threatening photo as Coley. However the two are not connected.

Shearin is due back in court on Monday.

Among the others charged are two men accused of falsely reporting threats from other people, as well a man who also made several threatening phone calls to at least two precincts.

Meanwhile a number of police unions have been warning members to be extra careful.

The Lieutenants Benevolent Association sent a letter to its members urging them to be armed both on and off duty, and to refrain from wearing anything or posting anything on social media that identifies them as being in law enforcement.

Mayor de Blasio also released a statement Wednesday saying that no threat to the police will be tolerated.

"New York City stands with our police officers in this time of tragedy, as we do every day, and our city will not be intimidated by those spouting hateful, violent messages," the statement said in part. "We will protect the men and women who protect us."

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed and killed Saturday in Brooklyn by a man seeking revenge for the death of Eric Garner at the hands on police in July.

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