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‘Doomsday Prepper’ arrested on weapons charges after deputies watch reality show

By Travis Gettys
Thursday, January 16, 2014 14:47 EDT
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Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Washington state man who was shown firing two rifles on the “Doomsday Prepper” reality show.

In the November episode of the National Geographic Channel program, Tyler Smith – a convicted felon who’s barred from owning guns — describes his plans to commit armed robbery and shots firearms on his property in Buckley.

“His stated plan was not to defend himself but to use weapons he illegally possessed, to rob his neighbors at gunpoint,” said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor in a statement.
“Did he really think that this wouldn’t attract our attention?”

The 26-year-old Smith was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was previously convicted of theft and a gross misdemeanor for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Deputies said Smith had recently moved to Bonney Lake from the farm where the episode was filmed in March.

Watch this video posted online by the National Geographic Channel:

 
 
 
 
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