Sunday, November 24, 2002

Shooting suspect arrested in N.C.

The Associated Press

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A former member of the Kentucky State Militia on the run for more than a year was arrested in western North Carolina on Friday.

Steve Anderson fled into the eastern Kentucky mountains on Oct. 14, 2001 after he was accused of shooting at a Bell County deputy during a traffic stop.

Deputy Scott Elder was not injured, but his cruiser was hit more than 20 times by rifle fire, authorities said.

Mr. Anderson's truck was found the next day with a pipe bomb and ammunition inside, authorities said. A search of his residence turned up more weapons and explosives.

Mr. Anderson was a member of Kentucky's militia until April 2001. He also has ties to the Christian Identity Movement, a loosely-defined group that claims Jews are the offspring of the devil.

The militia said it dismissed Mr. Anderson because he made inflammatory comments about the U.S. government, blacks, Jews and immigrants over an unlicensed radio station he operated from his Pulaski County home.

Agents from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested Anderson in a rural location in Cherokee County, N.C. He was taken into custody without incident and was being held in Asheville, N.C., pending his transfer back to eastern Kentucky, said Don York, a spokesman for the ATF in Louisville.

Mr. York said Mr. Anderson was arrested Friday morning, but had no other details of the capture.

"We were very relieved he was arrested without getting violent," Mr. York said.

The television show America's Most Wanted profiled Mr. Anderson recently and Mr. York said a tipster's call to the show led to Mr. Anderson's capture. "We had followed a lot of tips to dead ends before this," York said. Mr. York said Mr. Anderson will likely face an extradition hearing next week.

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