The Texas news publication The Austin-American Statesman is reporting that a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court has revealed that the FBI recently foiled a right wing extremist’s plans to carry out a mass shooting.
The 50 year old Steven Thomas Boehle was found by Austin, Texas, police to have three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition stowed away in his home. He is forbidden from purchasing firearms because of an assault conviction, and authorities were apparently initially tipped off that something was up with Boehle because he tried to buy a gun, but was denied that purchase after a background check.
The FBI was tipped off by a confidential source that Boehle is a “sovereign citizen” extremist who was planning to use the firearms and ammunition that he had been collecting for a mass shooting.
The details of that plot are not immediately known, although The Dallas Morning News notes that individuals who adhere to the same kind of ideology as Boehle often target police officers on account of their hyperfixation based grievances with the state as an entity. It’s the same kind of ideology that underlined the Oklahoma City bombing attack in 1995.