Arizona Man Sold Armor Piercing Ammunition To Las Vegas Shooter

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Force Investigation Team Report shows the kitchenette in the hotel room of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's 32nd floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Ve

Haig did not have a license to manufacture or sell armor-piercing ammunition, according to authorities.

An Arizona man who sold ammunition to the gunman in the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history has been charged with manufacturing armor-piercing bullets.

According to CNN, the 55-year-old is due in court on February 15 for a preliminary hearing and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A criminal complaint filed Friday morning is sealed in Nevada, but it appears in Arizona court records.

While Haig does not have a license to manufacture armor-piercing ammunition, he had a website where he sold specialized military ammunition, including armor piercing ammo, according to the criminal complaint.

Haig, a 55-year-old aerospace engineer who sold ammunition as a hobby for about 25 years, was charged 35 minutes before holding a news conference where he said he didn't notice anything suspicious when he sold the tracer rounds to Paddock.

The FBI didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Haig's attorney said at the news conference that his client's sale of ammunition was legal. It also revealed markings consistent with reloading the bullets, which were found to have armor-piercing components inside them.

Paddock was found dead inside his hotel room having shot himself in the head.

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Douglas Haig, the Arizona man who was identified this week as a "person of interest" in the Las Vegas shooting investigation, said Friday that he does not believe the tracer ammunition he sold to gunman Stephen Paddock was used in the massacre.

"You would have seen red streaks coming from the window and there weren't red steaks coming from the window", he said.

He said he met Paddock at a Phoenix gun show in the weeks before the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

Haig has acknowledged selling 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Paddock in the weeks before the shooting that killed 58 people.

'He told me what he wanted, I gathered it up, put it in a box. "He paid me, put it in his auto and drove away", Haig said.

"Very very thankful that he didn't use any of the ammunition that I sold him, but at the same time I wish he had because it would have given people more reason to scatter", said Haig.

"I was shocked that my name was the only one that was not redacted", he said.

One person of interest, whom police had named previously, was the killer's girlfriend, Marilou Danley. On Jan. 19, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said he did not expect her to face charges.

Lombardo sought to dispel conspiracy theories linked to multiple gunmen or ties to Islamic State and took the unusual step of releasing his agency's preliminary investigative report. Outside his home, Haig confirmed he had been contacted by investigators.

Mr Haig earlier told a news conference he had nothing to do with the attack.

He said he was 'horrified that this man would do something like that, ' and called the news 'probably one of the most disgusting things I've ever been told or heard of'.

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