Investigators: Man may have been planning ‘domestic terrorism’ in Greenwood

Christopher Byrne (Provided Photo/Johnson County Jail)

GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office said a man was arrested with gun and chemicals in his car after driving suspiciously through the Greenwood Park Mall parking lot.

According to the prosecutors office, 31-year-old Christopher Byrne was arrested on Aug. 15 for being a habitual traffic offender but could face federal firearms and toxic chemical charges.

A police officer in Greenwood noticed Byrne driving suspiciously at the mall then pulled him over when he noticed a traffic violation on U.S. 31.

Byrne refused to provide identification, referring to himself as a “sovereign national.”

A search of his car revealed a Ruger 10-22 rifle with 100 rounds of ammunition, a scope and a homemade suppressor. Police said water bottles containing bleach and ammonia were located in the back seat. A bomb squad was called before the items had been identified. The bleach and ammonia had not been combined.

JCPO said Byrne has a history of crime. He was convicted of theft in August 2015 after stolen police equipment was found in his Indianapolis apartment. An AR-15, stolen out of a Greenwood officer’s police car in October 2014, was among the item’s located. The officer’s car was also set on fire.

Byrne is currently being held on $1 million bond.

He had also pleaded guilty on Aug. 22 for carrying a handgun without a license with a felony conviction and being a habitual traffic violator. He will be sentenced in that case on Nov. 3. He faces up to six years in prison.

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