On Monday afternoon a man from the Dallas area, Douglas Lee LeGuin, shot at police officers and firefighters with an AK-47 as they were responding to a fire. Apparently he was at a home in far North Dallas (not his), threatening a nanny who had refused to let him in. At that moment a Dallas fire department fire engine drove by, prompting LeGuin to fire at the engine, hitting it twice.
He also apparently shot at police officers as they arrived on scene. When they arrived at the home they found several jars full of liquid and propane tanks. A few had exploded, with LeGuin admitting to shooting at least one.
That’s about as “normal” as the story gets.
Apparently this individual holds extremely anti-government resentment and believed that he could secede from the United States.
And this is where it gets crazy.
In the 911 audio, Mr. LeGuin refers to himself as “Dougie Doug” from the newly formed nation of “Doug-E-Stan.”
I swear, this isn’t a story from The Onion.
He apparently got fed up with this country and believed he could simply form his own. Though I’m not really sure how that factors into him traveling to a random house with propane tanks and an AK-47 assault rifle to threaten a nanny.
He seems like just the kind of guy people like Sarah Palin and Fox News would love. That anti-government gun lover who’s sick and tired of that “oppressive federal government.”
According to Corinth Police Assistant Chief Greg Wilkerson (the suburb of Dallas where he actually lived), LeGuin’s wife called law enforcement officials early Monday afternoon, reporting her husband hadn’t gone to work and she couldn’t locate where he was. She also reported that an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and propane tanks were missing from their home.
After initially opening fire on the first responders, he fled into the woods for several hours until he was eventually apprehended.
First reports linked him with a known domestic terrorist group known as the Sovereign Citizens movement. They’re an extremely anti-government group who doesn’t recognize United States authority and believes that local county sheriffs are the most powerful law enforcement officials in the country.
Though as of yet, they haven’t officially linked him to any formal anti-government groups.
This is one of those stories that you feel bad laughing at, but you just can’t help it. This entire situation could have turned out much worse considering this was an armed man with explosives who apparently had no respect for law enforcement.
Luckily he was apprehended and nobody was hurt.
Officials have charged “Dougie Doug from Doug-E-Stan” with seven counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and he’s being held on $350,000 bail.
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