FBI shoots and kills a disabled veteran in Tennessee during unexplained early morning raid

August 29, 2023
Ben Marquis

It was about three weeks ago that the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid in which it shot and killed an elderly Utah man who had posted likely empty threats against President Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats on social media.

It now appears that, just one week later, the FBI also conducted another fatal early morning raid on the home of a disabled military veteran in Tennessee, according to the Western Journal.

However, while it is known that the FBI was targeting Provo, Utah's Craig Robertson, 75, over his threatening social media posts, the bureau has been decidedly tightlipped about why they felt the need to conduct a SWAT-style raid on the Henderson, Tennessee home of Theodore Deschler.

Tennessee man gunned down in pre-dawn FBI raid

Local news outlet WBBJ reported on the morning of August 16 that, according to neighbors, the FBI launched a 6 a.m. raid on the Deschler home in Henderson that resulted in one individual being shot and killed by heavily armed agents.

"I was woken up at about six o’clock this morning. I heard a loud bang. Then I heard a couple more. I heard the loudspeakers, 'Come out with your hands up. We’re the FBI. We’re not going anywhere,'" neighbor Alex Morris said.

"Before I knew it, I was coming out to see what was going on and watched them bust out their windows. I reckon they got him in there," he added.

Other neighbors told the media outlet that local law enforcement had also shown up at the scene, albeit about 30 minutes later after the FBI had already conducted its deadly raid of the home.

In a follow-up report later that same day, the local news outlet shared a statement that had been provided to it by the FBI, which said, "The FBI is reviewing an agent-involved shooting which occurred today at approximately 6:40 a.m. while FBI SWAT was conducting an arrest operation in Henderson, TN. The subject is deceased."

"The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously. In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident is under review by the FBI’s Inspection Division. As this is an ongoing matter we have no further details to provide," the bureau added.

Elderly mother given no explanation for "senseless act"

A few days after that incident, WBBJ reported that the family of Theodore Deschler was still searching for answers as to why the FBI had felt the need to not only launch an early morning raid on Deschler's home but to also kill him and completely trash the residence in the process, as the FBI had staunchly refused to answer any of their questions.

Deschler's elderly mother, who answered the door that agents were pounding on, recalled how she was swiftly pulled out of the house and thrown into the back of a police car and told to mind her own business when she asked legitimate questions about why they were there.

"It was a senseless act. You know Teddy was a 100 percent disabled veteran," she explained. "He had problems. He had severe PTSD. He had depression but he was getting help for it but this was senseless. He didn’t have a weapon on him. He was just trying to get out of the house because it was filled with tear gas."

Home extensively damaged during FBI raid

The WBBJ reports noted that, according to the family and neighbors, extensive damage was done to the home during the unexplained fatal raid to arrest Deschler, including multiple windows shattered, multiple bullet holes throughout the residence, and a yard shredded under the weight of heavily armored vehicles.

A GoFundMe account has now been established on behalf of Deschler's elderly mother, who still lives in the home, to try to raise the funds necessary to repair all of the damage caused by the FBI agents during the deadly incident and make the home liveable again.

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