Coleman Thomas Blevins -- KCSO Booking Photo
Coleman Thomas Blevins -- KCSO Booking Photo

A potential mass casualty event was interrupted on Friday, May 28th in Kerrville, when Coleman Thomas Blevins, 28, was taken into custody by the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Special Operations Division in the 1000 block of Junction Highway, according to a statement issued by the KCSO on Sunday, May 30th.

Supporting the arrest were the Kerrville Police Department Patrol Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, the US Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Blevins was booked into the Kerr County Jail and charged with Terroristic Threat to Create Public Fear of Serious Bodily Injury. He is considered to be a threat to national security.

During the week leading up to the arrest, investigators made contact with Blevins and confirmed his affiliation and networking with extremist ideologies, according to KCSO.

It was noted that on May 27th the KCSO Special Operations Division intercepted a message indicating that Blevins was preparing to proceed with a mass shooting. Blevins reportedly made a specific threat in the message that included WalMart. Working with the FBI, KCSO investigators confirmed Blevins’ capability of following through on the threat and moved immediately to arrest him.

Following the arrest, a search warrant for Blevins’ residence was executed in the 200 block of Spence Street where firearms, ammunition, electronic evidence, concentrated THC (the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis), and radical ideology paraphernalia, including books, flags, and handwritten documents, were seized. Mr. Blevins is currently on active felony probation and is prohibited from possessing firearms. Mr. Blevins was subsequently booked into the Kerr County Jail on a $250,000 bond, where he remains at this time.

The FBI or other federal authorities may seek federal charges in this case, the KCSO statement said.

“This case reminds us that we need to always be vigilant. Many think ‘that can’t happen here,’ and it was well on the way to happening,” Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said. “Our investigators did outstanding work in this case, and possibly saved many lives. The plot interrupted in this case is unthinkable. We appreciate the assistance of all our law enforcement partners, including the FBI, DPS, KPD, and Secret Service. We’d like to remind the public - if you see something, say something. The KCSO, working with other law enforcement professionals, will continue to stop threats to our community, and bring those responsible to prosecution.”