ATF Says Gun Dealer Discussed Plan to ‘Shoot Some Cops’ After Nero Acquittal

A 64-year-old Baltimore man under surveillance for suspected illegal firearms dealing was allegedly recorded on Monday telling an undercover federal informant that he planned to “shoot some cops” after the acquittal of Officer Edward Nero in the Freddie Gray case, according to an affidavit filed in federal court by a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Robert Lee “Cowboy” Owens, 64, of the 5100 block of Sunset Road in the Levindale neighborhood of North Baltimore, was arrested Monday and charged with possession of a firearm by a previously convicted person, according to court records.

According to the affidavit of Special Agent Arnold Esposito, filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, a criminal informant for the ATF had previously been offered a firearm by Owens, and agreed to an ATF plan to purchase it from him in a vehicle equipped with audio and video recording devices. The informant then drove to Owens’ home, with funds provided by the ATF, and purchased the weapon, identified as a Western Field Model M865 .22-caliber long rifle.