Buckley 'Doomsday Prepper' facing gun charge

Buckley 'Doomsday Prepper' facing gun charge
Tyler R. Smith, featured in a November episode of National Geographic's "Doomsday Preppers," was arrested Wednesday for illegal firearm possession. Photo by National Geographic
TACOMA, Wash. -- A convicted felon from Buckley was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on Thursday after prosecutors saw him firing two rifles on a reality television show.

Due to his 2009 felony theft conviction, Tyler Smith cannot legally possess any guns. But in November the 26-year-old was featured on a National Geographic reality show called "Doomsday Preppers."

On the show, which National Geographic says "explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it," Smith is seen shooting several rifles and building his own body armor, according to Pierce County prosecutors.

Also in the episode, Smith explained his doomsday survival strategy thusly: "We're in it to take what you have and there's nothing you can do to stop us. We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming," according to prosecutors.

Several of Smith's neighbors saw the episode on TV and called police.

"If you threaten your neighbors and commit a crime on national TV, you're likely to be caught," Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a news release.

Smith was arrested on Wednesday after police found ammunition and other evidence on his Buckley farm.

Smith pleaded not guilty. His bail was set at $30,000.