By J. N. Saturday August 24 2019
The Norwalk, CT Police Department received a tip about Brandon Wagshol, and his dad in Connecticut, from a concerned citizen. The activity sparked a joint investigation with the FBI began after the tip was received that Wagshol Sr. was trying to buy high capacity magazines from out of state.
Police say all the weapons recovered from the home are legally owned and registered to Wagshol’s father, but that the 22-year-old had access to them. Investigators also recovered body armor with a titanium plate, camouflage shirt, pant and belt, ballistic helmet, tactical gloves, camouflage bag and computers.
That’s right. The confiscated guns belong to his father. The son ‘had access’ to them by living in the same house, but they are his father’s property. His father didn’t do anything wrong, but his property has been seized nonetheless.
Wagshol’s father also admitted to purchasing four 30-round magazines at a Bass Pro Shop in New Hampshire to circumvent Connecticut law limiting magazines to ten rounds. He is now facing four felony counts for possessing those magazines. Whether or not you support Connecticut’s ban on 30-round magazines, he will be found guilty under current CT law for possessing them.
Wagshol Jr. may also have been caught in a few lies made on Facebook. According to Norwalk police Lt. Terry Blake:
“A Facebook page for the younger Wagshol said he was a former U.S. Marine and worked at the Department of Homeland Security as a janitor. Blake said both of these statements on Facebook are untrue.”
This is where a ‘concerned citizen’ stepped in. Wagshol shared a meme on Facebook that someone found scary:
“Inside the condominium, authorities reported seizing a .40-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle, a rifle scope with laser, firearm optics and flashlights, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. They also found body armor with a titanium plate, and tactical attire, police said.” – Courant.
So, two firearms. That’s all we’re talking about.
Even though Wagshol has denied having any intent to commit a mass shooting, several news outlets have reported that Wagshol made a Facebook post about wanting to commit a mass shooting, including CNN (link), and The Washington Post. (link)
The ‘concerned citizen’ reported a Facebook post regarding buying 30-round magazines. However, no post has surfaced stating Wagshol wanted them for a mass shooting. The police claim, however, that Wagshol was indeed planning a mass murder.
As the Hartford Courant states:
“Norwalk police Lt. Terry Blake said Wagshol had posted on Facebook that he ‘was into planning a mass murder.'”
According to the CTPost:
“Police claimed Wagshol made social media posts showing an interest in mass shootings, but did not specify any particular posts.”
According to Wagshol’s lawyer, Stamford attorney Darnell Crosland, the police failed to cite any actual Facebook posts in the official report:
“Crosland also said the report did not include any of Wagshol’s Facebook posts in question. “What I understand is that he didn’t make any comments on Facebook, but there might have been other memes, as they call it, that he might have re-posted, but he didn’t make a statement on Facebook as related to any mass shooting.””
Could this be the offending post? Instagram says it has ‘blacklisted’ the term ‘boogaloo’. However, it is possible to search Instagram and find both the hashtag and multiple users with ‘boogaloo’ as part of their name.
The CTPost stated the ‘concerned citizen’ reported Wagshol’s posts after talking about getting the 30-round magazines from out of state that are illegal in Connecticut.
If the above-mentioned meme particularly is the offending post, or a differeng post about magazines which were banned in CT, neither mention mass shootings.