NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Federal authorities have arrested an Antioch, Tenn. man accused of trying to buy a sniper rifle after watching ISIS propaganda videos and being committed to a mental institution for an evaluation.
Khari Milak Whitehead, 26, was arrested Friday morning and federally charged with making a false statement to purchase a firearm.
ATF and FBI agents were alerted to Whitehead's behavior in early 2018 when the suspect tried purchasing a semi-automatic gun from Walmart on Feb. 22, after he had been committed to a mental institution for evaluation. Whitehead apparently wrote on his ATF application form that he had never been committed to a mental institution. His purchase was denied after a background check.
The complaint into Whitehead's gun purchase also brought up other incidents, including:
- On Dec. 7, 2017, a Rutherford County judge ordered Whitehead to be committed for a mental evaluation due to his behavior in searching ISIS videos and mass shootings and trying to buy a sniper rifle from Walmart.
Whitehead is slated for a preliminary detention hearing at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. If committed, Whitehead faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.