Texas authorities on Friday arrested a man who allegedly planned to carry out a mass shooting at a Walmart and a search of his home found firearms, ammunition and materials described as “paraphernalia of radical ideology”.
Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, was arrested in Kerrville, Texas on charges of “being a terrorist threat in order to create public fear of serious bodily harm,” reports The Associated Press.
Investigators intercepted a message from Blevins saying he was preparing for a mass shooting, according to a statement from the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.
Investigators searched Blevins’ house and found that “firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC and radical ideological paraphernalia including books, flags and handwritten documents had been confiscated”.
The AP reports that Blevins is on parole and is not allowed to own firearms.
“During an operation that has evolved over the past seven days, the KCSO special operations division along with the Department of Criminal Investigation of the Texas Department of Public Security (DPS-CID) has been involved with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collaborated on a man from Kerrville believes it is a national security threat, “the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
“During the investigation period, the KCSO investigators contacted Mr Blevins and spoke to him, confirming his affiliation and networking with extremist ideologies,” added the sheriff’s office.
“This case reminds us that we must always be vigilant. Many think ‘this can’t happen here’ and it was well on its way, “Kerr County’s Sheriff Larry Leitha said in the statement.” Our investigators did an excellent job on this case and possibly saved many lives in this case, an interrupted action is unthinkable. “