Five years before a Kansas City man named Donin Wright opened fire on emergency workers outside his home in February, the FBI looked into allegations that he was dangerous, heavily armed and “anti-law enforcement,” reports the Kansas City Star. Wright was “a threat to society and will cause harm to someone or a government agency,” a source told the FBI. Five months later, an FBI agent recommended against a closer look at Wright. He said the person providing the information “failed to expand” on it and was unable to show that Wright was anything more than a firearms “hobbyist.” The information is contained in FBI files on Wright released to The Kansas City Star under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
The Star contacted a person Monday who confirmed approaching the FBI in 1998. That person said Wright was dangerous because of his many weapons. Had the FBI followed up, the shootings and explosions in February might have been prevented, the source said.
The federal probe of Wright began and ended with a “preliminary inquiry,” said FBI spokesman Jeff Lanza. The FBI was looking into three allegations, according to the report: drug trafficking, domestic terrorism, and an act of terrorism.