Federal authorities arrested 24-year-old Ethan Kollie after he allegedly purchased the rifle the Dayton, Ohio, shooter used in his August 3 attack.
WHIO reported that Kollie allegedly purchased the parts for the rifle and then helped the Dayton gunman assemble them. Kollie then allegedly hid the firearms and accessories for the Dayton gunman.
FBI said that at this point there is no proof that Kollie knew the Dayton gunman was planning an attack.
FBI and ATF agents allegedly found accessories for smoking marijuana in Kollie’s house, leading to charges for checking “no” to drug use on federal background check Form 4473. The complaint against Kollie states, “When asked why he lied, Kollie stated he knew that if he told the truth about his drug use, he would not be allowed to purchase a firearm, so he lied and answered ‘no.”
The Associated Press reports police indicate there was nothing in the gunman’s history that would have prevented him from buying the gun and accessories on his own. Kollie allegedly purchased them and hid them in order to keep the gunman’s parents from discovering them.
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