On Tuesday, a Missouri man named Timothy Wilson made preparations to set off a car bomb at a local hospital in suburban Belton, which was intended as a revolt against the stay-at-home order issued by Belton’s mayor, but his plan was cut short by an FBI raid. When he apparently resisted with a weapon, he ended up being shot and killed.
Wilson had been the subject of an ongoing domestic terrorism investigation since September, according to an FBI statement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – On March 24, 2020, the FBI executed a probable cause arrest of Timothy Wilson, 36, at the 100th block of Wilbur Parish Circle, Belton, Mo, at the conclusion of a long-running domestic terrorism investigation. While attempting to arrest Wilson, who was armed, was injured and was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
Wilson was the subject of a months-long domestic terrorism investigation, which revealed him to be a potentially violent extremist, motived by racial, religious, and anti government animus. Wilson was actively planning to commit an act of domestic terrorism – a bombing – and over the course of several months had considered several targets.
Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties.
Wilson considered various targets and ultimately settled on an area hospital in an attempt to harm many people, targeting a facility that is providing critical medical care in today’s environment. Wilson had taken the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device.
At all times during the investigation, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force kept close track of Wilson in order to protect public safety.
In close coordination with prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri, the FBI was prepared to arrest Wilson when he arrived to pick up what he thought was a VBIED. There was no actual bomb. The FBI has and will continue to aggressively work with our local partners and our Joint Terrorism Task Force to combat and prevent any acts of terrorism. We remain mission focused to protect the safety and well-being of our communities we serve.
Wilson, who was a participant in neo-Nazi chat rooms, decided to enact a plan he had already concocted for creating a car bomb and use it on a hospital in Belton, the FBI said.
“Wilson considered various targets and ultimately settled on an area hospital in an attempt to harm many people, targeting a facility that is providing critical medical care in today’s environment,” the statement read. “Wilson had taken the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device.”
There was no actual bomb. Wilson had arrived at a residence in Belton with his own vehicle, believing the person there had constructed a device for him. It’s unclear whether Wilson was shot by FBI agents as they moved in to arrest him, or whether he shot himself.
The FBI’s interest in Wilson apparently originated with his heavy involvement in some of the same neo-Nazi factions that have produced a string of arrests in recent months. Nick Martin at The Informant reports that Wilson “was an admirer of the 1980s terrorist group The Order and had ties to two active neo-Nazi organizations.”
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