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Fugitive sought in Ohio shootouts faces new federal firearms charges

February 26, 1997

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ One of two brothers who have been the subjects of a nationwide manhunt since a videotaped shootout with Ohio police officers was indicted here Tuesday on federal firearms counts.

Chevie O’Brien Kehoe, 24, was charged with possessing a semiautomatic pistol and an assault-style rifle stolen from William Mueller, an Arkansas gun dealer who was slain last year along with his wife and daughter.

Robert L. Harper, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Spokane, said it was premature to call Kehoe a suspect in the unsolved slayings.

Kehoe also was charged with possessing an unregistered machine gun _ a .223-caliber AR-15 rifle he illegally converted into an assault weapon, Harper said.

Investigators believe the pistol and rifle that were registered to Mueller somehow ended up in the possession of a Spokane-area gun dealer and were stolen from the dealer by Kehoe, Harper said.

Agents recovered the stolen guns and are continuing to investigate the recent theft of other firearms from local gun dealers, Harper said.

Kehoe and his 20-year-old brother Cheyne C. Kehoe allegedly fired on police officers during two clashes on Feb. 15 about 50 miles northeast of Cincinnati. The officers were not hurt.

Both shootouts were filmed, and videotapes of the clashes have been aired on television news programs. The brothers remain at large and are considered armed and dangerous, the FBI says.

Chevie Kehoe formerly lived in Colville, about 60 miles north of Spokane, and is thought to be accompanied by his wife, Karena Gumm, 23, and their three children, all younger than 5, the FBI said. Cheyne Kehoe is believed to be accompanied by his wife, Tanna Wilburn, who is in her early 20s, and a son born last July.

Authorities believe Chevie Kehoe left Colville after making a Spokane woman his second wife in a polygamous relationship in July 1993. They reportedly were married at the Aryan Nations compound near Hayden Lake, Idaho, in front of Kehoe’s pregnant first wife.

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