Written by Staff Writer: CNN
Authorities obtained a search warrant Monday on a Nevada firearms supplier that investigators allege was the source of an ammunition supply used in the killing of a second law enforcement officer in Washington state in less than three weeks.
The ATF search warrant also relates to ammunition that is believed to have been used in a shooting at a Reno, Nevada, gun show last week.
“Investigators believe that the manufacturers of the AR-15 style firearms found at the suspect’s residence were aware that a large quantity of high-capacity magazines would be produced if these weapons were produced,” the forfeiture complaint said.
“Investigators believe these manufacturers were aware that bulk production of these high-capacity magazines would go unmonitored.”
Authorities say they have seen “probable cause” to believe he had made the sale of “some” high-capacity magazines.
Despite a nationwide recall of AR-15-style rifles with detachable magazines in May following the killings of 17 people at a Florida high school, known as “the Parkland guns,” the federal government said at the time that it could not immediately stop guns with these clips from being sold.
The suspect, James Degorski, is alleged to have approached a private seller at the Clark County Gun Show, a range of vendors selling military-style military-style weapons, tanks, body armor and explosives on June 15 and asked for an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.
A criminal complaint from court documents in Reno says that Degorski paid the seller $350, but the seller refused to sell it to him because it wasn’t legal to do so.
He entered the E-Z Share gun shop later in the day and asked again for the weapon but was again refused because it was “illegal under state law for a dealer to sell to a private party”.
The affidavit states that Degorski then left the store but came back and attempted to buy the weapon again.
It says that when the clerk informed him it was illegal, Degorski left the gun shop but returned and continued to talk to the owner “at length”.
The court documents allege that in the course of their meeting, Degorski “said several times, that because he was an ex-cop, that he ‘wanted a high-capacity magazine in order to finish what he started.’ That ‘soldiers aren’t supposed to be shot point blank into a wall’ and ‘didn’t I learn anything from the Florida shooting that killed 17 people and injured many others?’ “
The gun shop owner informed law enforcement on June 22 that Degorski had purchased two large-capacity magazines and threatened violence.
“Degorski allegedly made several gun purchases using funds that had been earned through criminal activity,” the complaint says.
‘We all know what happened’
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a nationwide crackdown on high-capacity magazines and the use of military-style weapons like the AR-15.
A week before the Reno shooting, a Lakewood, Washington, police officer was shot and killed in a domestic dispute. His partner was severely wounded and the suspect was killed.
Both officers worked as firearms instructors and were trained in the use of deadly force, KOMO reported. The station said a ballistic ballistic projectile found in the department vehicle belonged to the slain officer.
“We all know what happened,” the officer’s wife said after the shooting. “We all know it was an ambush.”
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