The 36-year-old Kansas man, identified as Timothy Wilson, was killed while FBI agents attempted to apprehend him in Belton, Missouri, after a long-running domestic terrorism investigation, officials said in a statement.
Authorities said Wilson was armed at the time agents arrived and got injured during the arrest. He was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.
“The FBI takes any shooting incident involving our agents seriously,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said.
“In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident will be investigated by the FBI’s Inspection Division. The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”
Plotting an Act of Domestic Terrorism for Months
Wilson was planning for several months to commit an act of domestic terrorism and had considered several targets, according to the statement.
FBI officials said he was a potentially violent extremist. Targets Wilson considered included a school, a synagogue, and a mosque. He was “motivated by racial, religious, and anti-government animus,” the FBI said.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force was monitoring Wilson at all times for several months in order to protect public safety, according to the statement.
Typically in cases such as this, the FBI uses undercover agents or informants to gather direct evidence to prove that a suspect is actively planning to carry out an attack.
After the monthslong investigation, agents found Wilson had “taken the necessary steps” to build a bomb in his car.
Wilson planned to use a car bomb to blow up a medical facility that was providing critical care during the current CCP virus pandemic in an attempt to cause “severe harm and mass casualties,” according to the statement.
NTD News refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
Apparently, Wilson seemed to be frustrated with the actions taken to stop the spread of the CCP virus.
“With the current health crisis, Wilson decided to accelerate his plan to use a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in an attempt to cause severe harm and mass casualties,” the FBI said.
On Tuesday, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told prosecutors in a memo that they should consider using terrorism charges in cases where certain threats were made related to the CCP virus, including the purposeful exposure and infection of others.
Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips and CNN Wire contributed to this report.