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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ryan Chamberlain: Rifle Possibly Found In Bomb Suspect's Apartment

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

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More evidence in the Ryan Chamberlain saga continues to surface after FBI agents reportedly found other weapons to help build their case against the well-known former San Francisco political consultant.

KTVU is reporting that sources say among the items found in the search of Chamberlain's Russian Hill apartment, authorities also they found "a long gun -- possibly a .22 rifle -- with its serial number filed off," and residue that "tested positive for explosive material."

The residue is apparently different from the powdery, green material that was found inside Chamberlain's apartment during a search last week, the news station reports. The FBI also claims it collected other bomb-making materials during the search, including ball bearings, screws and a circuit board.

Chamberlain, 42, was on the lam until Monday evening when authorities arrested him at Crissy Field. Earlier that day, he had scheduled two tweets, one of which contained an apparent suicide letter outlining his severe depression. The second tweet, which was scheduled via Hootsuite, insisted he was innocent, but had visited some "ugly websites" earlier this year and that "Walter White" has gotten to him.

Chamberlain's public defender announced Wednesday that his client will undergo a full mental health review.

The former San Francisco political operative appears to have aroused the support of family and friends who have started a campaign on Crowdtilt that is looking to raise $30,000. The campaign is being led by a former investigator for the City Attorney's office, Adriel Hampton, who wrote that the expenses would cover Chamberlain's legal defense fund, or be used "as he sees fit as he gets back on his feet."

Currently, the campaign has raised more than $11,000 from some 80 people.

Chamberlain faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. He is currently being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing Friday morning.


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