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Arizona Man Sold Armor Piercing Ammunition To Las Vegas Shooter

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter

Douglas Haig from Mesa, Az. is charged with conspiring to manufacture and sell ammunition that could pierce armor to Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Haig was released on bond, but faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted.

Haig met with Paddock multiple times, according to the criminal file against him, and in September of 2017, Paddock met with Haig at his home to purchase armor-piercing ammunition. Haig did not have a license to manufacture the weaponry, but sold such ammunition in Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and South Carolina, according to business records.

The suspect ran “Specialized Military Ammunition,” an internet business that sold various forms of armor piercing ammunition.

Haig said in statements to investigators that he does not sell reloaded equipment, and that there should have been no resemblance of his work at the Las Vegas crime scene.

On the scene in Las Vegas, however, Haig’s fingerprints were discovered on reloaded but unfired cartridges, and tool marks that resembled Haig’s work were discovered on armor piercing ammunition inside of Paddock’s room.

Haig’s preliminary court hearing is scheduled for February 15th.

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