breaking news

UPDATE: Two injured in Southwest Austin explosion in good condition

FBI: Austin man plotting mass shooting arrested on weapons charges

Federal officials say they might have foiled a mass shooting in Austin this month, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in Austin.

A confidential source told the FBI that Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, is a right-wing extremist who planned the attack, according to the affidavit. The six-page filing does not give many specifics about the alleged plot but does reveal that on April 12 Austin police seized three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition from a North Austin residence where Boehle had been staying.

The document says the source told authorities Boehle “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.”

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW: When big news breaks, we send Breaking News emails. Click to sign up

Boehle is charged with making a false statement in connection with the attempted acquisition of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is banned from purchasing firearms because of a 1993 misdemeanor assault conviction in Connecticut. The victim in that incident was an intimate partner of Boehle’s.

Boehle on three occasions attempted to buy a firearm from an Austin-area retailer, according to the affidavit, but was denied each time. Boehle responded “no” each time to a question asking if he had ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, the affidavit says. His most recent attempt came in December at Central Texas Gun Works on Ben White Boulevard, the document says.

A search warrant based on a narcotics investigation was executed April 12 at 615 W. St. Johns Ave., the affidavit says. Police found the guns and ammunition in a closet along with some of Boehle’s belongings, the document says. A witness with whom Boehle was living became “visibly upset” when police told her about the guns, the document says. There is no mention in the affidavit about police finding drugs or why they were investigating the location for narcotics.

It was unclear Monday where Boehle might have obtained the guns found at the address.

The home address listed for Boehle in the affidavit is an apartment in the 2300 block of La Casa Drive in South Austin.

In late 2014, the FBI became involved in another shooting investigation in Austin. In Nov. 27, 2014, Larry Steven McQuilliams targeted and shot at several buildings downtown until Austin police Sgt. Adam Johnson shot and killed him outside police headquarters. No one else was injured in that incident.

STATESMAN IN-DEPTH: How a single improbable shot last year put a stop to a night of terror

The FBI’s investigation into the shooting determined that McQuilliams acted alone with no help in planning or executing the attack, FBI officials have said.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Police appeal to bomb maker, raise reward money for tips
Police appeal to bomb maker, raise reward money for tips

Austin police on Sunday called on whoever is responsible for the recent string of deadly package bombings at East Austin homes to come forward and share their “message.” “These events in Austin have garnered worldwide attention, and we assure you that we are listening,” interim Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference...
Texas Digest: San Antonio man charged with capital murder

SAN ANTONIO Man charged in deaths of mom, girl A 50-year-old San Antonio man has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the slayings of a woman and her 11-year-old daughter. Police Chief William McManus says Casey Farell Marshall made a 911 call to report he’d killed the girl and her 48-year-old mother Saturday morning. Police believe...
Mississippi boy, 9, accused of shooting sister over argument about video game 
Mississippi boy, 9, accused of shooting sister over argument about video game 

A 9-year-old Mississippi boy is accused of shooting his 13-year-old sister in the head after they had an argument over a video game, WTVA reported Sunday.  Moore County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said deputies responded to the scene around 1 p.m. Saturday.  Deputies said the boy allegedly had grabbed a gun when his sister would not...
Light Bulb Shop to go dark after nearly 40 years
Light Bulb Shop to go dark after nearly 40 years

One of the quirky retail shops Austin is known for is closing after nearly 40 years in business. The Light Bulb Shop, Austin’s “local lighting shop” at 6318 Burnet Road in North Austin, opened in 1980. A note titled “It wasn’t an easy decision” posted on the shop’s Facebook page last week reads, &ldquo...
Exit poll: Putin wins re-election in landslide
Exit poll: Putin wins re-election in landslide

Vladimir Putin earned a convincing victory in Sunday’s presidential election in Russia, winning 73.9 percent of the vote as he was re-elected to his fourth term, CNN reported. A state-run exit poll revealed the results, which was not a surprise, CNN reported. Pavel Grudinin was second with 11.2 percent of the vote, according to the exit poll...
More Stories