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Coroner’s Report Says Raymore Resident Shot By FBI In Domestic Terrorism Probe Died By His Own Hand

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The bureau said that Timothy Wilson was planning to bomb a Kansas City area hospital, later revealed in court records to be Belton Regional Medical Center.

A suspect in a domestic terrorism investigation who was shot in a confrontation with the FBI last month died by his own hand rather than that of a law-enforcement officer, according to an autopsy report.

In a news release Friday, the FBI said that the autopsy conducted under the authority of Cass County Coroner’s Office concluded that Timothy Wilson, 36, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The FBI shot Wilson, a resident of Raymore, Missouri, on March 24 when agents attempted to arrest him in Belton. The bureau said he was armed. Wilson later died at an area hospital.

The bureau said that Wilson was planning to bomb a Kansas City area hospital, later revealed in court records to be Belton Regional Medical Center.

The FBI had been tracking Wilson’s activities since 2019, when he discussed building a bomb with an Army infantry soldier who had distributed bomb-making instructions through social media. The soldier, Jarrett William Smith, is facing up to 40 years in prison for providing information about explosives to an undercover FBI agent.

Wilson and an undercover FBI agent visited the Belton hospital two days before he was shot to conduct a dry run of his plot, according to court records.

The bureau said that Wilson had bought “explosive precursors,” including ammonium nitrate, the same ingredient used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people 25 years ago.

Agents shot Wilson in his upper and lower extremities during the confrontation in Belton. None of those injuries, however, were determined by the coroner to be fatal, the FBI said.

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