Posted: 4:41 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017
After seizing three handguns authorities found 10 more guns — all rifles — in a storage unit rented to Boehle.
Boehle’s girlfriend said he was outraged over politicians and rapists.
Steven Boehle wanted to celebrate his 50th birthday last week with a mass shooting and had obtained 13 firearms and more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition to carry out the plan, a federal agent testified Thursday.
Boehle, of Austin, called his April 13 birthday “Holy Day,” according to a confidential source who tipped off authorities to the scheme and described the defendant as someone who “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.” The source also revealed Boehle requested that the source videotape the attack, FBI agent Bryant Berthold testified in U.S. District Court.
After seizing three handguns and 1,100 rounds of ammunition from a North Austin apartment where Boehle had been living with his girlfriend, Berthold said officials discovered 10 more guns — all rifles — in a South Austin storage unit rented to Boehle. Investigators also learned through an interview with Boehle’s girlfriend that he was outraged over politicians and rapists and had become “increasingly involved in violent fantasy,” Berthold added.
The search warrant at the home on St. Johns Avenue was triggered by information that Boehle was selling marijuana, Berthold said, adding authorities twice previously sent a confidential informant to purchase pot from the home. They discovered 6.3 grams of marijuana in a search of the home.
When Boehle was arrested on April 12 — the day before the planned attack — Berthold said they found an expletive-laced note taped to the front door that read, “The great miracle will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Holy Thursday.” It went on to say, “Die mother (expletive).” There