Armed Tennessee Man Plotted Border Attack with Militia Groups, Arrested for Unregistered Firearm Possession

CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee – A Tennessee man was taken into custody after being accused of plotting to carry out a violent attack against federal agents at the U.S.-Mexico border with the assistance of multiple militia groups. Paul Faye of Cunningham is facing charges of possessing, selling, or transferring an unregistered firearm after a nearly yearlong undercover investigation in Nashville.

The criminal complaint filed in Nashville detailed Faye’s alleged plans to “stir up the hornet’s nest” at the border and coordinate the attack with militia groups from Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. He hoped that news of the violence would provoke a “domino effect” leading others to support his efforts at the border.

According to the complaint, Faye believed that the U.S. was “training to take on its citizens” and planned to use migrants crossing the border as part of the government’s scheme. He also indicated a desire for the news to pick up on the planned attack.

During an in-person meeting at his home, Faye reportedly showed off a “war room” containing numerous firearms, a large amount of ammunition, radios, and a bulletproof vest. He also allegedly sold an unregistered silencer to an undercover agent for $100, ultimately leading to his arrest.

Authorities were first alerted to Faye after the arrest of another Tennessee man, Bryan Perry, who faces dozens of charges for plotting to travel to the border to shoot Border Patrol agents and migrants crossing into the U.S. A search of Perry’s cellphone revealed communication with Faye expressing a desire to travel with Perry and another individual to the border to commit acts of violence.

The arrest of Faye and his alleged involvement in the planned attack, along with the arrest of another individual, Brian Perry, sheds light on the potential dangers posed by individuals seeking to carry out violent acts at the U.S.-Mexico border. It also highlights the ongoing concerns surrounding militia groups and their potential engagement in violence against federal agents and migrants at the border.

The arrests further emphasize the importance of continued vigilance and investigation into potential threats and extremist activities within militia groups and other anti-government organizations throughout the country. As federal agencies work to mitigate the risk of violence at the border and beyond, these recent arrests serve as a reminder of the ongoing challenges in addressing domestic extremism.