AUSTIN, Texas – A 50-year-old man was arrested on weapon charges after authorities say he allegedly plotted a mass shooting in Austin.
An affidavit filed Monday in U.S. Western District Court states that federal officials say they might have foiled a mass shooting in Austin this month.
The affidavit said a confidential source told the FBI that Steven Thomas Boehle is a right-wing extremist who had planned the attack.
The complaint reportedly reveals that Austin police seized three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition on April 12from a North Austin residence where Boehle had been staying.
The document says the source told authorities Boehle “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.”
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.
It has been reported that Boehle is banned from purchasing firearms due to a 1993 misdemeanor assault conviction in Connecticut. The victim in that incident was Boehle’s intimate partner.
The affidavit states Boehle had attempted to buy a firearm from an Austin-area retailer on three occasions, but was denied each time after denying that he had ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
His most recent attempt came in December 2016 at Central Texas Gun Works on Ben White Boulevard.
Authorities reportedly executed a search warrant April 12 at 615 W. St. John’s Avenue based on a narcotics investigation. Police reportedly found the guns and ammunition in a closet along with some of Boehle’s belongings.
Meanwhile, there is no mention in the affidavit about police finding drugs or why they had been investigating the location for narcotics and it was unclear where Boehle 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.