Norwalk PD

Conn. man with interest in mass shooting arrested, several firearms and body armor found in his home

August 15, 2019 - 6:15 pm

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities say they've arrested a Connecticut man interested in committing a mass shooting and seized weapons and ammunition from his home.

Norwalk and FBI officials say 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was charged Thursday with illegal possession of large capacity ammunition magazines. Police say they received a tip that Wagshol was trying to buy large-capacity rifle magazines from out of state.

"The FBI and the Norwalk Police Department began a joint investigation based upon this information," the Norwalk Police Department said in a statement. "During the investigation it was revealed that Wagshol was buying rifle parts online in an attempt to build his own rifle. Wagshol had a Facebook post that showed his interest in committing a mass shooting."

The statement continued, "Based on the investigation, a risk search warrant was issued for Wagshol and his residence. During the evening of August 14, 2019, Wagshol was detained by Special Services Officers outside of his residence. The warrant was then executed by members of the Emergency Services Unit Tactical Response Team."

During a search of the residence, officers seized .40 caliber handgun, .22 caliber rifle, rifle scope with laser, 4- firearm optic sites, firearm flashlight, numerous .40 caliber, .22 caliber and .300 Blackout rounds of ammunition, body armor with a titanium plate, camouflage shirt, pant and belt, ballistic helmet, tactical gloves, camouflage bag and computers.

The firearms are registered to Wagshol’s father who resides at the residence however they were accessible to Wagshol. Wagshol is being held on bond and will appear in the Norwalk Court on August 16.

Wagshol was held on $250,000 bail. It wasn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.