Hand grenades and more than 1 million rounds of ammunition have been pulled from the ashes of the Branch Davidian home, a court document says.
Evidence of a stockpiled arsenal seems to support claims by federal agents who tried to serve the religious sect with search and arrest warrants for illegal weapons.
The document, filed Friday in federal court, is the first public accounting of what Texas Rangers have found in the charred ruins of the Davidian compound.
The Rangers, who are heading the investigation into the cult’s 51-day standoff with authorities and its aftermath, collected almost 2,000 pieces of evidence by late last week, the document says. That number does not include bullet casings.
Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Ray Jahn wrote in his report that investigators have recovered 200 recognizable firearms, numerous gun parts and tools that could be used to manufacture automatic weapons.
“Initial and preliminary examination of these weapons indicate they included (semi-or fully-) automatic weapons and two .50- caliber weapons,” Jahn said,
The document did not make clear whether the guns were legal semiautomatic weapons or had been converted for automatic fire.
The gun battle Feb. 28 erupted when agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms attempted to arrest cult leader Vernon Howell. Four federal agents and six Branch Davidians were killed.
Investigators have removed 78 bodies from the burned-out compound site.