Armed man arrested for impersonating federal agent incompetent to stand trial

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File. A man arrested and charged after walking into Flint Southwestern Academy high school with a gun, claiming he was a federal agent, has been found incompetent to stand trial. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

FLINT, Mich. – A man arrested and charged after walking into Flint Southwestern Academy high school with a gun, claiming he was a federal agent, has been found incompetent to stand trial.

U.S District Court, Eastern District announced Thursday Tahir Ali Syed was found incompetent after being found to suffer “from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to rationally understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and to assist properly in his defense.”

This comes after Syed, according to court documents, “expressed limited understanding of the seriousness of the charge and unrealistic, delusional expectation of the potential consequences.”

Syed’s charges of impersonating a federal officer and possessing a firearm in a school zone stem from a September incident at the high school.

School security officers say Syed entered the school with a visibly holstered pistol on his hip.

When approached by security, Syed reportedly told security officers he was a federal agent and threatened to have ‘15,000 agents’ come to the school if he wasn’t left alone.

He was eventually escorted out by security after wandering through hallways.

Syed was arrested a short time and distance later by Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies.

Upon arrest, the gun he was carrying along with 25 rounds of ammunition were confiscated.

After being found incompetent, the court ordered Syed to be held in hospital custody for treatment for no more than four months to determine if he will be able to stand trial.

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