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.