Breaking: Sovereign Citizen Gun Nut Armed with AK-47 Opens Fire in North Dallas

Suspect being taken into custody.  Image via NBC DFW

Suspect being taken into custody.
Image via NBC DFW

Around 3:30 pm CST as Dallas Fire and Rescue first responders were headed to battle a grass fire in North Dallas, they reported hearing around 15 rounds fired, possibly at them, from an unidentified location.

So far police have confirmed that a man called in to 9-1-1 claiming to be a member of the sovereign citizens movement, was armed with an AK-47 and was going around “shooting off propane tanks.”  He was on the run for nearly two hours until police confirmed that they’ve apprehended the suspect who had apparently taken cover in a heavily wooded area.

Residents in and around the area were evacuated by local police and SWAT teams for precautionary measures.

What is the “sovereign citizens movement,” you ask?  Well, they’re essentially a far-right radical anti-government group that believes they can follow whatever laws they feel like.  They especially reject most forms of taxation and view the United States government as illegitimate.

According to some, they believe the law enforcement power of any local county sheriff supersedes that of any federal official, elected official or any other form of law enforcement.

They’re classified by the FBI as a domestic terrorist group and according to a study done by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, they’re deemed more dangerous to American citizens than Islamic terrorists or jihadists.

Just imagine Cliven Bundy supporters (you know, the people Sean Hannity vigorously defended until Bundy was exposed as a racist) or these “militia” members who believe that they have the authority to deport illegal immigrants by threatening those they encounter with death.

The best way I could summarize these lunatics is some mix of right-wing radical tea party gun nut Christians and Libertarians.

People who somehow believe themselves to be “patriotic Americans,” while not even recognizing the federal government that the United States Constitution created.

Thankfully this nutcase has been caught.  Let’s just hope there aren’t more willing to take things even further.

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  • VoiceofReason

    I’m tired of the yahoo gun nut, tea-party wackos INVADING Texas and making us the laughing stock of the country. Throw these pigs in prison permanently and throw Bachmann, Palin & Gohmert et all with them !! oh yeah then let them gang pound Wayne LaPierre and his buddies !!!

  • surfjac

    All those sovereign jack-asses were all probably “Love it or Leave it” types.
    So why are they still here? If they love no rules and all, why don’t hey set themselves up in Somalia? It would be paradise for them. They could kill, act up, not pay taxes, do just about what ever. Why don’t they go there then? What are they? Cowards? Afraid of little traveling? I’ll bet their forefathers weren’t.

    • strayaway

      I know its a liberal talking point to portray Somalia as a libertarian paradise but the reality is foreign powers and religious factions tore that country apart and keep prodding its festering wounds. The local warlord becomes government like in northern Iraq. Bill Clinton had more influence in Somalia for awhile then Ayn Rand ever did.

      • surfjac

        But that’s what these sovereigns want…freedom and they can have all they want in somalia.

      • strayaway

        I doubt that there is much freedom in Somalia. The local warlord or occupying army, both forms of governance, take care of that. People there aren’t covered by a Bill of Rights either as we are in theory.

        If sovereigns are bad for…wanting freedom, why do you want or think people should have instead of freedom?

        I wonder if Americans who tolerate open borders, hiring illegal aliens instead of citizens, and want the President to legislate extra-Constitutional dreamer and other such executive orders are by definition ‘sovereigns’ because believe “they can follow whatever laws they feel like.” all of which makes about as little sense as “going around “shooting off propane tanks.””

      • surfjac

        But they’re ready to fight for freedom here where what they want to do is illegal. They can fight for their freedom in Somalia too and if they survive, hey, good for them. We don’t need them here shooting propane tanks.

      • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

        Look, liberals most likely are not the ones hiring illegal aliens instead of citizens. Liberals are more likely to want everyone to be paid fair wages – we are usually on the front lines for fair trade. Illegal aliens or migrant workers have been part of our history for a long long time. We used to depend upon them to bring in crops etc. The reason that we as a people feel their presence much more now is because Congress keeps wanting to reward our American businesses for moving our jobs overseas & laying American workers off…Every time Congress has a bill that will cut off the rewards or that will reward businesses for keeping their work here the GOP votes against it. It has little or nothing to do with illegal aliens – although you would like to think it does – because those guys are doing the same jobs they have always done & they aren’t taking the jobs that Americans do.
        The President doesn’t do anything that any other President hasn’t done.

      • strayaway

        Glenna, take off your blinders. While Lincoln, Wilson, and Roosevelt may have committed gross violations of the Constitution, Obama has earned his place with them. After Congress looked at the option of legalizing ‘dreamers’ and chose not to, the President signed an executive order providing them with amnesty in contradiction to existing immigration law. One cannot “follow whatever laws they feel like” according to the above article without being classified as “sovereign”. I didn’t see any exemption for presidents “who somehow believe themselves to be “patriotic Americans,” while not even recognizing the federal government that the United States Constitution created.” You must be a “sovereign” too if you don’t see anything wrong with such attacks on our system of government.

        If you are worried about US workers, how about that President who is trying to fast track the TPP? 8-9 million illegal aliens are now employed in the US while 15.3M US citizens receive unemployment and other millions have stopped looking from work. Meat packing jobs used to be good paying union jobs but now are largely poorly paid non union immigrant jobs. Illegal aliens have replaced a lot of student jobs at McDonalds and on landscaping crews. Large numbers of construction jobs are also changing hands. Americans were willing to do all those jobs and did them but won’t do them for illegal alien wages. Stop insulting American workers. I would rather have a Country with high paying union jobs but you sovereigns are ok with illegal aliens, cheating employers, and the mayhem they cause to US workers, especially union workers, stagnant wages, unemployment, and students forced to take bigger loans for lack of work. You would probably be less of a danger to us if you just contented yourself with “shooting off propane tanks.”

  • Angry guy

    You are still more likely to get killed or assaulted by a cop than a “domestic terrorist” regardless of what the FBI says.

    • Cop Punching Bag

      …especially if you are brown or a woman.

  • Damien Cross

    Gun nut?
    Terrorist Group?

    Did you know that DHS says that ” VETERANS ” are terrorists?

    Why not do a little research on this suspect before jumping the gun, You Socialist Pedophile