Police: Gunman Said Neo-Nazi Roommates Were Planning Terror

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TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — A Tampa man fatally shot his neo-Nazi roommates because he wanted to prevent a planned act of domestic terrorism, he told police.

Court documents filed Tuesday show that 18-year-old Devon Arthurs made the comment to police on Friday after he led officers to the bodies.

Arthurs, who told police he was a recent convert to Islam, said his roommates had disparaged his new religion. He says their behavior also spurred his actions.

Investigators also found bomb-making materials, Nazi propaganda and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in the apartment with the bodies.

Also arrested was a fourth roommate, Brandon Russell, an active member of the Florida National Guard who police say admitted to being a neo-Nazi and who gathered the explosives.

Arthurs is due in court Wednesday morning.

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