FBI Says It Shot Man Who Planned To Attack A Hospital In Greater Kansas City

Mar 26, 2020
Originally published on March 26, 2020 1:23 pm

FBI officials say a man they shot and killed Tuesday in Belton was the suspect in a "long-running domestic terrorism investigation" who planned to attack a Kansas City-area hospital with a car bomb.

In a news release issued Wednesday afternoon, the bureau's Kansas City office wrote that Timothy Wilson, 36, had been "actively planning to commit an act of domestic terrorism" over several months, and had considered several targets before settling on an area hospital.

Officials said Wilson was motivated by "racial, religious and anti-government animus." He did not yet have a bomb, but had "taken the necessary steps to acquire materials needed to build an explosive device," officials wrote. He decided to accelerate his plans due to the coronavirus health crisis, according to the release.

Wilson was shot while federal agents attempted to arrest him on the 100 block of Wilbur Parish Circle in Belton. Officials say he was armed. He later died at an area hospital.

Officials say they "kept close track of Wilson" throughout the investigation in order to protect public safety.  

Tuesday's shooting follows a Feb. 26 incident where FBI agents were involved in a raid where a man was shot and killed in midtown Kansas City.

Chris Haxel is a reporter for KCUR 89.3. Email him at chaxel@kcur.org, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisHaxel.

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