Another ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Turns Violent

Another day, another “sovereign citizen” hatching a bizarre plot to kill police officers to spark a civil war. This time it’s in Texas, where one of these extremists set a dumpster on fire and called himself in as a missing person so he could open fire on police officers and firefighters called to the scene.

Police arrested a self-described “sovereign citizen” accused of shooting at police and firefighters after setting fire to a trash bin in Dallas.

Emergency crews responded to the dumpster fire about 3 p.m. Monday, when the man opened fire on officers…

No one was wounded by the gunfire, which struck a fire engine in the area.

Police said the man, whose name has not been released, called 911 to say he was part of the anti-government sovereign citizen movement.

Investigators said the man apparently set the Dumpster fire and called in the missing persons report as part of a planned ambush on officers.

The man, who was armed with an AK-47 and wearing a towel or bandana around his head, set off a smoke bomb and shot off propane tanks during a brief SWAT standoff.

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

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  • garnetstar

    He also threatened a babysitter and an 8-year-old.

    What courage.

  • Alverant

    And the reason why this isn’t being called a terrorist attack is … what again?

  • flyv65

    Clearly, the shooter must not’ve been dark-skinned in any way, or he’d be dead by now…

  • Childermass

    Lucky for him he is not an unarmed black man instead of a heavily armed white man.

  • Loqi

    He even had a towel wrapped around his head? It’s like they’re conducting an experiment to see how close they have to be to a Muslim terrorist before people stop calling them “patriots.” Wearing a bad attempt at a turban? Nope, still not a terrorist. Next up to try: brown face paint. That ought to do the trick.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Can we just call these guys nutjobs instead? It’d be more accurate.

  • dingojack

    Maybe he* was trying the stifle an implant shoved up his nose…

    Dingo

    ——–

    * or was it Arnie? I forget.

  • raven

    Nevada Authorities: Possibly More Involved in ‘Sovereign …

    www. splcenter. org/…/nevada-authorities-possibly-more-involved-in-sov…

    Aug 23, 2013 – Police describe both as being “sovereign citizens”. … Seven law enforcement officers in the United States have been killed since 2000 by sovereign citizens

    It’s good no one was killed. Again.

    Since 2000, seven police officers have been killed by sovereign citizens.

  • Chiroptera

    …and called in the missing persons report as part of a planned ambush….

    Maybe it’s explained in the article that I didn’t read, but what is the purpose of this part? Since the emergency workers were going to respond to the fire anyway, why would a missing person report be necessary?

  • abb3w

    He attempted to secede, identifying himself as “Dougie Doug from Doug-e-stan” — which is “a little republic” he’d just started. That would seem to make his opening fire on the cops an act of war. Try him for treason, and hang him if convicted.

  • freehand

    From the linked article:

    A recent survey found U.S. law enforcement agencies considered sovereign citizens to be the top terrorist threat they faced.

  • Pieter B, FCD

    Just another isolated incident. Nothing to see here, folks, move along…

  • Larry

    And this is in Texas for christ’s sake! Apparently, the crazys who infest Texas aren’t even crazy enough for other Texans.

  • Alverant

    #11 Didn’t the RW get a government official fired for reporting that very thing 5 years ago?

    We still need the media to start calling them “terrorists” or else the public is not going to accept them as such.

  • D. C. Sessions

    We still need the media to start calling them “terrorists” or else the public is not going to accept them as such.

    But that would be partisan! The news media need to remain impartial. Calling them “terrorists” is as unacceptable as calling our interrogation methods “torture.”

  • briandavis

    In the interest of impartiality we can say that the sovereign citizen movement engages in “enhanced politics”.

  • lakitha tolbert

    Yes, no one was killed. Probably because there were no random Black people in the vicinity shopping, driving ,walking or just looking.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    And the explosive/flammable booby trap on the home where the child and babysitter were is merely bonus?

  • sabrekgb

    I just don’t understand the firemen part. Putting the nutjob hat on, I can see why he’d be against cops…but firemen? They’re not exactly the same sort of instruments of oppression.

    Since 2000, seven police officers have been killed by sovereign citizens.

    So, an average of 0.5/yr? Seems like they’re relatively low threat, then, no? With an average of 158 deaths annually over the same time period according to the NLEOMF, that works out to about a 3/10ths of a percent chance that, assuming an officer was going to die, it would be at the hands of a soverign citizen.

    A recent survey found U.S. law enforcement agencies considered sovereign citizens to be the top terrorist threat they faced.

    Top terrorist threat might be true, but as far as threats in general go, they seem to be pretty low on the stack. *shrug*