Friend of Dayton Shooter Helped Him Obtain Body Armor and Weapons Parts, Feds Charge

Federal authorities say Ethan Kollie purchased key components of the weapon Connor Betts used in the deadly Aug. 4 mass shooting in Dayton. Kollie could face 15 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Aug 12, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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Federal attorneys say they are pursuing charges against a friend of Connor Betts, the man who killed nine people in a mass shooting in the Oregon District Aug. 4. 

According to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ethan Kollie, 24, purchased body armor, the upper receiver attached to Betts' AR-15 and the 100-round magazine Betts used during the killings. Kollie also held onto those items so that Betts' parents would not find them. The items were purchased legally from a gun retailer in Texas, then shipped to a separate gun store in Ohio. 

Glassman said at a news conference today that there is no evidence to suggest that Kollie helped Betts plan or carry out the deadly attack. 

If convicted of the federal charges, Kollie could face 15 years in prison. 

Dayton Police officers shot and killed Betts within 30 seconds of the beginning of his shooting rampage in the Oregon District. At least a dozen people were injured in that attack.