Coroner: Cocaine, Anti-Depressants, Booze in Dayton Gunman’s System

DAYTON, OHIO - AUGUST 05: A memorial to yesterday's shooting victims sits in the Oregon District following on August 05, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. Nine people were killed and another 27 injured when a gunman identified as 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire with a AR-15 style rifle in the popular …
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Montgomery County coroner Dr. Kent Harshbarger indicated the Dayton, Ohio, gunman had cocaine, anti-depressants, and alcohol in his system when he carried out his August 4, 2019, attack.

The Associated Press reported Harshbarger indicating that a “pipe device and a clear baggie carrying cocaine was found on Betts’ body” after the shooting, as well.

Harshbarger was able to confirm that the nine victims in the shooting were killed by the gunman and, therefore, did not die as a result of officers’ response to the gunman’s attack. He noted that two of the victims were struck by police fire but those rounds were not fatal. Rounds from the gunman caused the deaths.

The Dayton gunman “was shot by police about 24 times with wounds mostly to [his] upper torso and lower extremities.”

On August 12, 2019, Breitbart News reported that 24-year-old Ethan Kollie was arrested after allegedly buying the rifle parts that were assembled and used in the Dayton attack. Kollie was not arrested for buying the gun parts, per se, but for allegedly lying on the background check form when asked about marijuana use.

Law enforcement made clear there was nothing keeping the Dayton shooter from passing a background check to acquire the gun parts himself. However, the gunman wanted to hide the parts–and assembled weapon–from his parents.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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