An accused insurrectionist who took a loaded gun to the Capitol on Jan. 6 claims he later filed a false police report saying the firearm had been stolen because he feared "Antifa" would find it.
Mark Andrew Mazza's Taurus Judge revolver — loaded with three shotgun shells and two hollow-point bullets — was recovered from the Capitol lawn after it fell out of his pocket during a skirmish with police.
Two days later, Mazza filed a false police report alleging the gun had been stolen out of his rental car at the Hard Rock Casino in Cincinatti, Ohio — where he stopped on the way back from Washington to his hometown of Shelbyville, Indiana.
Video footage shows Mazza swinging a baton at police during the Capitol riot, and he later suggested to FBI agents that he had intended to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to court documents. He also admitted to filing the false police report.
"Mazza stated that he reported the gun stolen because in case something happened and Antifa found it, someone might get killed and my name is all over it," according to a criminal complaint.
Mazza told agents, "I did falsify a report. It's missing, not stolen."
According to the complaint, the gun fell out of Mazza's pocket after he assaulted police officers, prompting one of them to strike him with a baton. Mazza then "fell face down upon a wooden platform and when doing so, an object fell from the ... waistband area of his pants."
The complaint states that the Taurus Revolver "is one of the few handguns that can fire shotgun shells and regular bullets through the barrel. When shotgun shells are fired through such a pistol, the effect is similar to the discharge of a short barreled or sawed-off shotgun."
Hollow point rounds "expand on impact and can be more lethal than regular bullets," according to the complaint. "The fact that the weapon also contained shotgun shells indicates an intent to be able to use the weapon against multiple targets at the same time."