June 8, 2022 — An autopsy report obtained by the Detroit News appears to show that Eric Allport was executed by the FBI just days before arrests were made in the Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Kidnapping hoax plot. The shooting happened back on October 2, 2020 and the arrests would occur on October 7, 2020 timed to coincide with the November 3, 2020 Presidential election. We have followed the Whitmer caper and reported extensively on the trial, but we never heard the name Eric Allport brought up in connection with the case.
Robert Snell of The Detroit News reports:
Eric Mark-Matthew Allport, the anti-government extremist killed by FBI agents in the parking lot of a Madison Heights steakhouse, was shot once in the back and three times in the head, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Detroit News.
Circumstances surrounding the 43-year-old Madison Heights man’s death have been shrouded in secrecy in the nearly two years since the shooting because FBI investigators have refused to discuss the incident in detail and delayed deciding whether to release an internal review amid a nationwide outcry over the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers. Meanwhile, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office repeatedly refused requests from The News for a copy of the man’s autopsy report but released the document recently after the newspaper successfully appealed.
The report classified Allport’s death as a homicide and shows he was shot seven times on Oct. 2, 2020: in the right side of his forehead, left side of his face, left ear and left side of his back by a bullet that perforated his spleen, diaphragm and a lung. He also was shot in the left forearm, left thigh and another bullet fractured his left tibia as investigators tried to arrest him on federal firearms charges.
The high-profile shooting, during which Allport is accused of wounding one FBI agent, marked a violent end to the turbulent life of the target of a domestic terrorism investigation. Allport was a convicted felon under investigation for possessing an illegal machinegun and his death drew broader interest because he was a fringe figure as a youth two decades ago in the siege at Ruby Ridge, one of the darkest chapters in federal law enforcement history.
“It almost mirrors Ruby Ridge, what they did to Eric,” Allport’s mother, Judy Grider, told The News.
The report provided new details for relatives who have spent the 20 months since Allport was killed in a Texas Roadhouse parking lot searching for answers.
FBI officials reviewed the shooting and closed the file last fall. A request for a copy of the review was denied locally, prompting a formal request that is pending with FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“When you have law enforcement shootings, it’s appropriate to demand greater transparency,” said Suffolk University Law School professor Michael Avery, past president of the nonprofit National Police Accountability Project. “What haven’t we been told?”
Allport’s mother maintained a tight bond with her son amid a life beset with legal problems, violence and a fleeting shot at redemption.
Allport was born in Michigan but spent his teenage years in the early 1990s in rural Idaho with his mother and father, Bill Grider. They were friends and neighbors of white separatist Randy Weaver who lived on a remote mountaintop, and Allport bonded with Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy.
They occasionally delivered groceries to the Weaver family’s remote cabin, sometimes in a homemade burlap sack strapped to the Grider family dog Rebel, according to news coverage at the time.
Deputy U.S. Marshals enlisted the Griders to help deliver messages to Randy Weaver about a court date for a pending firearms charge. Weaver refused to surrender, leading to an 11-day siege with federal agents in August 1992.
During the siege, Sammy Weaver and a deputy U.S. Marshal were killed during a shootout and an FBI sharpshooter killed Vicki Weaver.
Allport’s family eventually moved away from Ruby Ridge but have had a hard time shaking traumatic memories.
“It still stands within me,” said Grider, 66. “Ruby Ridge was a very impacting time for us, yes.”
In November 2002, a decade after the Ruby Ridge shootings, Allport was charged and eventually convicted following an incident in Colorado in which Allport fired a shot during a struggle with two officers. He served 11 years and worked in prison training dogs, his mother said.
She describes her son as a man of stark contrasts.
Allport was a compassionate man. He loved history and genealogy and was fascinated by psychology and the Bible. He was a dog lover who shared a cell with the animals.
According to prosecutors, Allport harbored extremely violent, anti-law enforcement views and amassed an arsenal of weapons, including an illegal machine gun, while vowing to kill law enforcement officers.
“I don’t think there’s a man or woman on Earth that doesn’t have that contrast,” Grider said. “It’s just not magnified and a light put on it.”
After leaving prison in 2014 and returning to Metro Detroit, he started as a dog trainer at a company in Plymouth.
“He was hired immediately and they wanted him to take it all over, he was so good at it,” his mother said.
Allport started K9 Heights Dog Training with a partner in early 2016 in a brick Tudor-style house near Lincoln Avenue and I-75 in Madison Heights.
Allport got married one month before the shooting, and his wife was days away from giving birth when he died.
His mother attributes Allport’s decline to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When COVID happened, Eric became very muddled,” she said. “If that’s the correct word.”
His growing isolation during the pandemic made Allport feel like he was back in prison, she said.
“He was regressing,” she said. “He was losing his mental capacity to frustration and anger. I asked him to go seek help but I think there was a little pride there.”
And a lot of violent extremism, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors say Allport shared his violent, anti-law enforcement views with a friend, Ypsilanti resident Danny Jo Thompson.
On Facebook, Allport and Thompson identified themselves as followers of the Boogaloo, a loosely organized movement of supporters who believe the country is broken and that a second Civil War is looming.
That is a belief Allport shared with members of the alleged scheme to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Allport was killed five days before FBI agents arrested more than a dozen people in connection to the alleged Whitmer plot.
Allport and Thompson “combined their love of firearms with their hatred of law enforcement, playing off each other and pushing one another towards violence. Towards shooting a law enforcement officer,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hank Moon wrote in a sentencing memorandum before Thompson received a one-year prison term in March.
In May 2020, FBI agents opened a domestic terrorism investigation of Boogaloo members in Kansas and Oklahoma. The investigation soon led to Thompson and Allport.
Five months later, investigators were ready to arrest Allport and trailed him to a post office on John R. north of 12 Mile in Madison Heights, near the Texas Roadhouse.
“Instead of following the agents’ commands, Allport drew a handgun from his waistband and began firing at agents, striking one agent during the exchange as he ran toward parked cars,” FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider wrote in a statement to The News. “Agents returned fire and Allport was pronounced deceased at the scene. “
Allport died near his truck.
“Inside agents found the fully automatic machinegun that Thompson procured for him, a shotgun, another pistol, and hundreds and hundreds of rounds of ammunition for the weapons,” Moon wrote.
The government has provided few other details about the shooting.
FBI officials spent approximately the same amount of time reviewing one of the most high-profile fatal shootings in recent years involving federal investigators in Detroit.
Just because prosecutors say Allport fired shots does not mean FBI agents were justified in using lethal force, said policing expert Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York Police Department officer and a lecturer with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“The FBI has no authority to deliver a death sentence,” O’Donnell said. “Look at this as if you are a family member on the receiving end of this. The FBI killed a son and is saying ‘we’ll let you know what’s going on in a couple years.’ That’s kind of un-American.”
An effective review of the fatal shooting is important, O’Donnell said. He noted that the chaos of a gunfight could explain why Allport was shot in the back.
“In an actual firefight, there’s no way to ensure all the shots are fired in front of someone’s torso,” he said. “There’s terror. There’s chaos. You’re always training and thinking about it but you’re never ready for it when it happens.”
Allport’s family has waited 20 months for answers about the shooting. His mother has spent that time in constant prayer, relying on a tight circle of people while expressing empathy for law enforcement officers involved in the shooting.
“I’m not one to point fingers at people,” she said. “My concern is for those who did it. If anybody can’t sleep at night, I want to be able to comfort them. Seriously. You don’t just take somebody’s life like that and walk through life not affected. There would be no soul in them.”
But she doubts the government’s version of events, including the FBI officials and prosecutors saying Allport fired at agents.
“I don’t believe he shot anybody,” she said. “I don’t believe he got the chance to shoot a gun. I’m under the impression he would never take his life or anybody else’s life.” – The Detroit News
There are many questions now remaining about what really happened on the night of October 2, 2020 and why the FBI initiated a full blown cover up of the death. If the FBI did not engage in any wrongdoing, why hide records and why refuse to be transparent? According to reports, the FBI engaged Allport as he exited a store and was on his way to his vehicle when they claim he “opened fire” on them. How? Did he have a firearm on his person? How did he get shot in the back if the agents were in front of him? None of this makes any sense.
FBI refuses to release its investigation into the shooting but Detroit News finally got autopsy report on appeal. The victim was childhood friend of Sammy Weaver: pic.twitter.com/33dUjdKQeE
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) June 6, 2022
The connection to Ruby Ridge, another FBI “PATCON” operation should not be lost on anyone.
The head of the Detroit FBI field office at the time was Steven D’Antuono. He was moved to DC FBI field office 2 weeks after his agents shot and killed Allport.
His office is the lead agency on January 6 prosecution—D’Antuono’s agents arrested Peter Navarro at Reagan last week.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) June 6, 2022
For people wanting to know more about Ruby Ridge, here is a good documentary on the standoff:
The FBI didn’t just shoot and kill Allport, they covered it up afterward. We know that the FBI “Whitmer Kidnapping” investigation was a hoax and a set up by the FBI. A jury found that two men were entrapped by federal agents, and they declared a mistrial on the other two.
From what I have been able to review of the information related to Thompson, Allport’s friend, the only thing they did wrong was convert an AR-15. They had not attacked anyone and they did not have any concrete plans to do so. There was no reason for the FBI to execute Allport. This is a travesty and the FBI must be held accountable, but I doubt they will be.
Last night I posted my latest livestream covering Mr. Allport’s execution, as well as other FBI misconduct and corruption.
Judy Grider did not respond to a request for comment. We will continue to keep you updated.