The Branch Davidian standoff turns 20 today

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:45pm

Today marks the 20-year anniversary of the beginning of the Branch Davidian standoff with the federal government.

On this day in 1993, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents tried to serve David Koresh and his church a search warrant.

The government believed the group, who held anti-government views, had illegal firearms and were possibly abusing children.

A shootout between Branch Davidians and the agents ensued after trying to serve the warrant.

Six church members and four federal agents died at the Mount Carmel Center in Elk, Texas that day.

The two sides would hold their ground for fifty more days until a controversial fire killed the 76 church members inside.

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