Friend of Dayton Shooter Arrested for Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Lying on 4473

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Courtesy Montgomery County Jail

An Ohio man has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance and making false statements or representations.

Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, was arrested Friday night in Beavercreek on suspicion of a firearms violation unrelated to the Oregon District shooting, according to Montgomery County Jail records and an unsealed complaint signed by a federal agent.

Kollie reportedly bought body armor, AR-15 parts and a 100-round drum magazine for the Dayton shooter and kept them at his home to hide them from the shooter’s parents. As the shooter was legally able to purchase the items himself, Kollie hasn’t been charged with making a straw purchase.

However, when he purchased the AR-15 pistol used in the shooting, he lied on the form 4473 he signed at the time.

The agent’s complaint said that Kollie had checked “no” on the ATF form that must be completed to purchase a firearm from a local dealer.

“Kollie stated that he answered ‘no’ to the question regarding drug use,” the complaint says. “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.”

US Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in a news conference that there’s no indication that Kollie knew of the shooter’s plan or participated in any way.

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