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Archive for May 16th, 2022

Buffalo Shooter Says He Altered Assault Weapon to Hold More Bullets

By Allan Lengel

The 18-year-old shooter at the Buffalo supermarket massacre on Saturday bought his XM-15 semiautomatic from a licensed dealer near his hometown and said he illegally modified it to hold more bullets, the Washington Post reports.

Payton S. Gendron

Payton S. Gendron, in online postings weeks before the shooting, said he bought the Bushmaster in January from for $960, and acquired two backup weapons: a Mossberg 500 shotgun he purchased in early December and a Savage Axis XP semiautomatic rifle his father got him for Christmas at age 16, the Post reports.

He is accused of killing 10 people and wounding three others at a Tops Friendly Markets store in Buffalo in what authorities allege was racially motivated. The store is in a predominantly Black neighborhood.

Randy Weaver, Key Figure in Ruby Ridge Standoff, Dies

Randy Weaver, via Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling

Randy Weaver, whose refusal to leave his remote Idaho cabin led to the 11-day Ruby Ridge standoff in 1992, has died, The New York Times reports.

He was 74. 

The cause of his death wasn’t immediately clear. His daughter made the announcement on Facebook.

This year was the 30th anniversary of the standoff, which had become a rallying point for anti-government militias and white supremacist groups. 

Weaver’s wife and son were killed during an exchange of gunfire with federal marshals. 

At the time of the standoff, federal authorities were trying to arrest him on a bench warrant for missing court on gun charges. 

He was later acquitted of most charges. He and his daughters also received money in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the federal government. 

On-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Solo, Rollover Car Crash

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent was killed in a solo car crash in a rural area of California near the U.S.-Mexico border Friday morning. 

The agent was on duty and in an agency-issued vehicle when the crash occurred about 5:40 a.m. in rural East County, authorities told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The agent was alone in the heavily damaged, overturned vehicle.

No more details were immediately available. 

It was the first on-duty death for a Border Patrol agent this year. A CBP officer died from COVID-19 complications in January. 

In the 16 years ending in 2019, 45 CBP officers and Border Patrol agents died in the line of duty. There were no on-duty deaths reported in 2005 and 2015.