Before he apparently died in a shootout with Garland police Sunday, Elton Francis Simpson was well known to FBI counterterrorism investigators.
In 2006, agents opened a criminal investigation of him based on his ties with an individual "whom the FBI believed was attempting to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona," according to court documents.
Agents say Simpson knew Hassan Abu-Jihaad, an enlistee in the U.S. Navy later convicted of leaking classified information about upcoming movements of his battle group to an alleged terror cell in London. Simpson told agents he knew Abu-Jihaad, who was arrested in Phoenix in 2007, but did not tell them anything else about him.
Agents say Simpson, who is an American citizen, told their informant that he had an interest in waging holy war by traveling to Somalia to join Al Shabaab, a designated terrorist organization.
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Simpson said that the reward is high because, "If you get shot, or you get killed, it's [heaven] straight away," Simpson told the FBI's informant, according to court documents. "That's what we here for... So why not take that route?" Read the story, WFAA.com