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QAnon supporter Ian Alan Olson pleads guilty to firing paintballs at Army Reservists

A Wisconsin man and QAnon supporter has pleaded guilty to attacking two uniformed U.S. Army servicemen in March of 2021.

On Wednesday, Ian Alan Olson, 31, of Nashotah, Wisconsin was arraigned in federal court in Milwaukee for his crimes. Olson will be sentenced on November 18, 2021, before United States District Judge Brett H. Ludwig. He faces up to two years in prison.

On March 15, 2021, Olson traveled to the Wisconsin Army Reserve Center in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Once he exited his vehicle, which was covered with QAnon slogans, he allegedly shouted, “This is for America,” and fired paintball pellets from an orange “AR-15 style” paintball gun at two members of the U.S. Army Reserve. Both members of the Army Reserve were on active duty at the time.

Both Army reservists were 15 feet away from Olson, so none of the paintball pellets that were fired from the gun hit them.

“After Olson shot the projectiles, Olson’s gun appeared to jam,” according to a court affidavit. “Once the gun jammed, Olson allegedly shouted, “You’re lucky it jammed,” or words to that effect.”

“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,” the affidavit continued.

A stock photo of a paintball helmet and gun. A Wisconsin man and QAnon supporter has pleaded guilty to attacking two uniformed U.S. Army servicemen in March of 2021.
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Once Olson was arrested, the FBI stated that Olson made “unsolicited comments” including comments about a recent trip that he made to Washington D.C. on March 3.

While at the Capitol, Olson approached a National Guardsman and told him that he was “maybe going to do something crazy stupid tomorrow,” and asked the guard to not shoot him, according to the affidavit.

After being stopped by Capitol officers, Olson stated that 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,” according to the affidavit.

While at the Capitol, officers stated that Olson’s car was covered with QAnon decals including orange spray-painted “Qs” and QAnon messages “Trust my plan” and “WWG1WGA”—which is 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 interpreted as “On my way to Washington, D.C.”

Olson’s case was investigated by the FBI and the Village of Pewaukee Police Department.

Newsweek reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.

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