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Racist Accused of Shooting Idaho Deputies Faces Weapons Charge

By Bill Morlin on November 26, 2012 - 1:30 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads

A man with white supremacist tattoos, accused of shooting and nearly killing two Idaho sheriff’s deputies last month, has been charged by federal authorities with being a felon in possession of a handgun.

That handgun, with an obliterated serial number, was found after Kyle Alan Batt was arrested Oct. 24, hiding in a garage where he unsuccessfully attempted to take his own life after shooting at Canyon County deputies Brad Childers and Mike Roth, according to court documents.

During an exchange of gunfire, Roth was shot in the chest at close range, but investigators say a bulletproof vest saved his life. The deputies were looking for Batt after he allegedly brandished a handgun during a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend and her father.

Batt sustained a gunshot wound to the head, but was arrested Friday at a Boise medical facility after receiving reconstructive jaw surgery and completing physical rehabilitation, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Batt has not been charged with shooting at the deputies because the Nampa Police Department hasn’t completed its investigation, the newspaper reported.

Batt has a 2004 felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance, preventing him from possessing firearms. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 3 on the weapons charge in U.S. District Court in Boise. If convicted of that charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Anti-Defamation League has identified Batt as a white supremacist with ties to hate groups including Hammerskin Nation, which hosted its neo-Nazi rock concert, Hammerfest, this year near Boise.

The Justice Department has assigned a special prosecutor from a gang unit to handle the case.

Ryan Batt, the suspect’s older brother, told the Idaho newspaper that his brother doesn’t belong to any groups and has long regretted the “white power” tattoo he got on his chest several years ago in prison.

Kyle Batt is the grandson of a deceased cousin of former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt and a distant cousin by marriage of Idaho State Rep. Gayle Batt, a Republican from Wilder, the Statesman reported. Both told the newspaper that they have never met Kyle Batt and learned of their relationship only after the shootings.

  • Krysta

    I doubt he ever regretted the tattoo. My husband used to hang out with this guy and was friends for quite some time. He is a racist and he stabbed my husband in 2007 almost killing him. Unfortunately, he was never convicted and his mom bailed him. He needs to stay behind bars!

  • tyrone mixon

    I wonder who’s gonna pay for that surgery? Probably us begging, welfare receiving 47%.

  • Kate

    There’s one of these types in many families. The normal family members wish they could pretend those troublemakers are completely unknown to them.

    Perhaps they could make legal statements that they disown and will not be held responsible for any damages done by violent members of their families?

    Posting that sort of thing every couple of months might even get a message through to the perpetrators that family members have no obligation at all to relatives like these who are mainly lazy and crazy young men.

  • Mikka

    This shooting had nothing to do with WHITE POWER crap. That was a tattoo he got a long time ago and has since regretted. Press just loves adding dramatics to this story. Stating his fight with his girlfriend and a shooting has ANYTHING to do with racism is ridiculous! GET A LIFE NEWS PRESS!

  • Kiwiwriter

    I feel sorry for this family…they’ve just added a new member to it, and he’s someone they would probably like to get rid of.

  • Erika

    what a shock that this sterling member of the white race is a convicted felon. Does he qualify for sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act? If so, he is never getting out. The federal felon in possession of firearm sentences are draconian (and shooting at deputy sheriffs tends to give you a rather draconian sentence as well).