FBI confirms identity of man whom agents killed in local suburb

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ROBINSON, Texas (KWTX) The FBI confirmed Tuesday that the man shot by FBI agents Thursday inside a Robinson home was Joshua Steven Mitchell as KWTX, citing local sources with knowledge of the investigation, first reported Monday.

Joshua Steven Mitchell aka "Gio Michell."

An agency spokeswoman provided no further details.

“I am still unable to comment further about our operational activity at the scene on East Stegall Drive,” FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee said in a brief email Tuesday.

Mitchell, 44, had several pseudonyms; neighbors say he went by Giovanni "Gio" Michell.

As of Sunday, investigators were no longer stationed outside the Robinson home in the 700 block of E. Stegall Dr. where FBI agents shot the man who threatened to kill them as they arrived around 6 a.m. Thursday to serve warrants.

The FBI cleared the scene at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

During a press conference Friday, FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs declined to say why the man shot by agents was on their radar or what the warrants were for.

"I can't get into details on that," said Combs. "I can tell you that we were here through court process."

He did confirm that the man’s body was removed from the house Thursday and was taken to Dallas for an autopsy.

When asked if others were in the house at the time of the warrant service, Combs said he could not comment, but said, “no one else was hurt.”

While little information was provided by the agency in charge, KWTX has confirmed with multiple law enforcement sources, Mitchell was the victim--and suspect--in the FBI's investigation.

Neighbors and acquaintances say Mitchell was living in the Robinson home with his common-law wife and 5-year-old son, and that a 14-year-old girl used to live there, too, however, she took her own life last year.

KWTX reporters found a YouTube channel where Mitchell has a video tribute to the deceased, who he calls his daughter.

However, most of the videos on the channel "Sketchy Hoods" surround government, politics, and social justice.

"The social justice movement is responsible for bringing us third-wave feminism, identity politics, political correctness, and other anti-constitutional bull***t," Mitchell says in one of the videos.

Further research revealed, Mitchell, a self-proclaimed atheist and Libertarian, had been arrested in Denton in 2010 on numerous charges involving explosives and impersonating police in addition to two counts of child endangerment, failure to identify as a fugitive, fraud, weapons violations and writing bad checks, according to media reports.

The FBI did not have any updates on the current investigation Monday following the more than 48-hours of evidence collection at the site they said was a "sizable" crime scene with more than one building.

Agents had erected a canopy Friday outside the house and the FBI presence at the scene was growing with the arrival of a shooting review team from Washington, D.C. and a shooting reconstruction team from the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va.

Once the review of the agent-involved shooting is completed, the findings will be presented to a Department of Justice shooting review board comprised of DOJ and FBI officials working in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office, Combs said.

Throughout much of the day Thursday, it appeared that law enforcement officers were involved in a standoff with a suspect, but Combs confirmed Friday that wasn’t the case.

Instead, he said, the area was closed off and nearby residents were asked to evacuate voluntarily because of concerns there were explosive devices in the house.

The FBI and McLennan County bomb squads were brought in to search the house, he said.

“I can tell you that this operation took hours,” Combs said. "And a major reason was the need to ensure there were no explosives in the residence."

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called back out to the scene Friday afternoon.

“While continuing to process the scene, FBI personnel discovered suspicious items which warranted further assessment,” agency spokeswoman Michelle Lee said Friday.

“Bomb technicians from McLennan County Sheriff's Office and hazmat personnel from the Waco Fire Department deployed to the scene to assist the FBI in safely securing these items,” she said.

The neighborhood in which the shooting occurred is the same one in which a teenage girl was found dead on June 6, 2018 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers said at the time they found the 14-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the chest behind a barn-like building that appeared to be under construction at a home in the 700 block of East Stegall.

She was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco where she was later pronounced dead.