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Ian Alan Olson, QAnon Supporter, Arrested for Firing Paintballs at Army Reservists

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A QAnon supporter from Wisconsin has been arrested after allegedly firing paintballs at two Army reservists while shouting “this is for America.”

Ian Alan Olson, 31, is accused of driving his car adorned with QAnon slogans to the Wisconsin Army Reserve Center in Pewaukee on March 15.

Once there, Olson allegedly exited the vehicle, shouted “this is for America” and fired paintballs at two members of the U.S. Army Reserve on active drill orders at the time, according to an FBI criminal complaint first obtained by The Daily Beast.

The Army reservists were around 15 yards away from Olson, although none of the paintballs fired from his orange “AR-15 style” gun hit them.

“After Olson shot the projectiles, Olson’s gun appeared to jam. Olson exclaimed to
the reservists, ‘You’re lucky it jammed,’ or words to that effect,” the affidavit states.

“At that point, the reservists, one of whom is a law-enforcement officer, tackled Olson to the ground and held him until law enforcement officers arrived.”

Following his arrest, the FBI said Olson made “unsolicited comments” while completing the clothing-exchange process, including that he had just returned from Washington, D.C. where he attempted to deliver a massage

The FBI said Capitol Police confirmed that on March 3, Olson had approached a National Guardsman stating he was “maybe going to do something crazy stupid tomorrow” and asked them not to shoot him.

Capitol Police officers later stopped Olson, who said he wanted to “test the National Guard tomorrow to see if they were loyal to the people” or to the president.

“Olson communicated his understanding that, if he were shot by the National Guard, he would know the National Guard to be loyal to the President; if Olsen were not shot, he would know the National Guard to be loyal to the people,” the affidavit adds.

Prosecutors say Olson’s car was covered in orange spray-painted “Qs” and QAnon messages like “Trust my plan” and “WWG1WGA”—an abbreviation of the QAnon slogan “where we go one, we go all.”

Olson also had the phrase, “OMW 2 DC” painted on his car, which the FBI took to mean “on my way to Washington, D.C.”

Discussing March 4—a date QAnon supporters believed Donald Trump would return as president—Capitol Police described how Olson said he would be “taken over by the Spirit of Christ and lead the people to unity” and “things can only be resolved by the barrel.”

Olson was transported for a psychiatric evaluation following his comments he made in D.C., but was later discharged and eventually went on to travel to the Wisconsin Army Reserve Center in Pewaukee.

Olson faces charges including prohibited attacks on U.S. servicemen on account of service, assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees, two counts of attempted battery, and one count of disorderly conduct.

(File photo) A QAnon sticker is seen on the back of a car on November 6, 2020 in Los Angeles. A QAnon supporter allegedly fired paintball rounds at Army reservists at the Wisconsin Army Reserve Center in Pewaukee.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

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