BROWNSVILLE —Accused of a federal gun violation, a militia member was arrested Monday by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, authorities said.
Kevin Lyndel Massey, 48, is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm, authorities said.
ATF spokeswoman Nicole Strong said the arrest was followed an investigation that began months ago when a U.S. Border Patrol agent encountered an armed militia man and fired several shots near the Texas-Mexico border on Aug. 28.
The Associated Press reported that Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent reportedly fired four shots but did not hit the man.
Strong stated that Border Patrol agents alerted ATF about Massey’s possession of a firearm. Strong said authorities obtained a search warrant for Massey’s vehicle and found he was carrying a pistol at the time of his arrest.
According to court records, Massey appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan for an initial appearance. He was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshal’s pending a detention hearing on Friday.