LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney Russell Coleman announced Wednesday the federal prosecution of Tevin R. Patton for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The federal criminal complaint asserts that the Memphis, Tennessee, man drew a firearm after curfew earlier this week in downtown Louisville.
“We cherish First Amendment-protected speech in Kentucky but will not tolerate outsiders traveling to Louisville to do harm to our city and its people,” said Coleman. “This type of criminal conduct puts both protestors and police at risk. Today’s outcome makes Kentuckians safer and results from outstanding collaboration between the FBI, ATF, U.S. Secret Service and LMPD. At the direction of Attorney General Barr, we will utilize the framework of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to identify, apprehend and federally prosecute anyone who exploits peaceful protest for violence or to violate federal law.”
According to the criminal complaint, on Monday, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Patton was viewed by law enforcement who were conducting surveillance near South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. During the surveillance, a U.S. Secret Service special agent observed Patton pull out a gun.
Law enforcement at the scene then dispersed the crowd with tear gas and flash bang devices, striking Patton with pepper balls once he was observed pointing the gun in the air. Upon being struck by the pepper balls, Patton ran to his car and fled the scene. Police then stopped Patton’s vehicle and located a Springfield Armory USA, model XDs-45, .45 caliber pistol in his vehicle, partially loaded with four rounds remaining in a 10-round magazine.
In 2013, Patton pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, a felony, out of Tennessee. Additionally, in 2016 Patton pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, a felony, out of Tennessee. In 2016, Patton was charged with fourth-degree domestic violence and first-degree fleeing or evading police.
If convicted at trial, the maximum sentence for being a convicted felon unlawfully possessing a firearm is no more than 10 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a United States Magistrate Judge. The charge set forth in a complaint is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Josh Judd. The United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the case.