Kerrville, Texas – Texas officials arrested man accused of conspiring to carry out mass shooting at a Walmart, and a search of the suspect’s home uncovered guns, ammunition and equipment officials described it as “a paraphernalia of radical ideology”.
Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, was arrested in Kerrville on Friday and charged with making a “terrorist threat aimed at raising public fear of serious injury,” the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Sunday. Press.
Investigators said they intercepted a message from Blevins on Thursday saying he was preparing to carry out a mass shooting, and that the threat included Walmart. Blevins was taken into police custody the next day.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI and the Kerrville Police Department all assisted in the operation, reports KENS-TV, a CBS San Antonio affiliate.
Authorities searched his home and, according to the statement, “firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC and radical ideological props including books, flags and handwritten documents were seized. “.
Blevins is on felony probation and was not believed to have guns, the statement said.
He was booked into the Kerr County Jail in Kerrville, a town about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio.
KENS said a photo released by the county sheriff’s office included white supremacist paraphernalia that authorities said were found in the house:
Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha told KENS the case “reminds us that we must always be vigilant. Many believe that” it cannot happen here “, and that it is about to happen.
“Our investigators have done an outstanding job in this case and possibly saved many lives. The interrupted plot in this case is unthinkable. We appreciate the help of all of our law enforcement partners.”