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Brother faces gun charges

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

One of two Gibsonton brothers recently acquitted of attempted murder of a police officer in a bullet-riddled chase near Fort Lonesome last year now faces federal gun charges.

Caleb Alex Colson, 23, was arrested Tuesday by agents who say he possessed unregistered grenades, machine guns and silencers. Colson appeared before U.S. Magistrate Thomas McCoun, who delayed ruling on whether Colson is entitled to any bail. He remained held without bail Tuesday.

According to a sworn statement by U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent John Mahoney, investigators in May 1995 found a cache of weapons at the home of Steven Fritz, a neighbor of Colson's.

Fritz told investigators that Colson had asked him to keep the weapons, which were wrapped in a sheet and in a duffel bag, for a while. When Fritz found out what they were, he asked Colson to remove them. When he didn't, agents searched Fritz's home and seized the weapons.

Colson and his brother, Joshua, were charged with shooting at deputies who were chasing the pair in a van May 21, 1995. Deputies were responding to an alarm at the Fort Lonesome Grocery Store, when the van sped by. A jury last week acquitted Joshua Colson of all charges. Caleb Colson was found guilty of criminal mischief.

Their father, Rodney T. Colson, 48, was convicted last month of possessing a bomb, part of an arsenal of weapons investigators found in his mobile home during a search for his sons. The elder Colson was not charged in connection with the shooting.