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Feds search potentially booby-trapped property following weapons arrest

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Skyzoom 4 was over a home in the 1100 block of Howell Street Skyzoom 4 was over a home in the 1100 block of Howell Street
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Several different police agencies executed a search warrant at a north St. Louis Thursday morning, police said.

According to the FBI, David Michael Hagler was arrested Wednesday after being charged with several felony gun charges, includingpossessionn of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun, an unregistered AR-15 and firearms with altered or removed serial numbers.

The FBI was conducting a search of Hagler's property for a stockpile of weapons and due to concerns that the property was booby-trapped.

Hagler, who is believed to have extreme anti-government and anti-police views, owns homes on 1139 and 1143 Howell St. that share property and police were told by an informant the homes were connected by an underground tunnel.

A spokesperson for the ATF said they are assisting with an FBI investigation and were called in to assist because of their expertise in explosives.

Authorities blocked off the area around the property on Howell St. Thursday morning and an FBI evidence van and police tactical trucks could be seen in the area.

Officers removed at least two dogs from the property and a police robot was sent in to search the houses in case the homes were booby-trapped.

Neighbors told News 4 Hagler has lived on the street for a long time, but usually stayed to himself.

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