Arms Dealer Who Sold Bullets to Las Vegas Shooter Arrested

Marie Harrington
February 4, 2018

A man who sold ammunition to Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture and sell armour-piercing bullets without a licence.

Investigators charged Douglas Haig for making and selling the bullets even though he wasn't licensed to do so.

Douglas Haig said at a news conference Friday that he met Stephen Paddock at a Phoenix gun show in the weeks before the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

Mr Haig said he didn't believe Paddock had used the ammunition he had supplied, which were tracer bullets that leave a fiery trail behind them.

"At no time did I see anything suspicious or odd or any kind of a tell, anything that would set off an alarm", he said.

Douglas Haig was publicly named as a "person of interest" by mistake Tuesday when his name wasn't redacted in court documents released almost four months after the october 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

Haig said agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives had visited him.

Haig's name was released to the press after authorities released documents containing his full name.

It wasn't immediately clear if the request for the armor piercing ammo struck Haig as unusual or over bearing in quantity?

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

A complaint says unfired armor-piercing bullets found inside the Las Vegas hotel room where the attack was launched on October 1 contained the fingerprints of ammunition dealer Douglas Haig of Arizona.

"I hope today ends (the death threats), when people realize that I wasn't in collusion with Paddock - that I was not in any way, shape or form associated with the frightful crime that he committed", Haig said.

"No. I don't think it's me at all", Haig said.

"He said that he was going to the desert and put on a light, either with or for his friends", said Haig.

"I have to trust them", Haig said of those customers.

His lawyer, Marc J. Victor, also called the exchange "a very routine transaction". Haig further states that he did not have any other dealings with Paddock. He also stated that to the best of their knowledge none of the ammunition that Haig has sold in the past has ever been used in a crime. He went on to say, "He pulled up very well dressed, very well groomed, very polite, respectful". The product that I sold him had absolutely nothing to do with what he did.

The complaint said Haig sold such bullets in more than 100 instances to customers across the United States, including Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and SC. "I'm a vendor, merchant, whose name was released".

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