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Feds: Friend of Dayton gunman bought body armor, ammo magazine

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This August 2019 photo provided by the Dayton Police Department shows the firearm used by Connor Betts in a mass shooting in a popular entertainment district on Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (Dayton Police Department via AP)

The United States Attorney General Office unsealed charges against a friend of Connor Betts for allegedly lying on a federal firearms form. The charging document also says Ethan Kollie, 24, bought gun parts, body armor, and 100-round magazine for Betts and stored them in his home to hide the items from Betts' parents.

Prosecutors also unsealed a charge against the suspect, accusing him of lying about not using marijuana on federal firearms forms in the purchase of a pistol that wasn't used in the shooting.

Investigators say there is no indication that a man who bought and stored body armor for the Dayton gunman knew that his friend was planning a mass shooting. They say that Betts used that equipment on Aug. 4, when he opened fire in a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, killing his sister and eight others, and injuring 27 more. Todd Wickerham of the FBI tells reporters Monday that it does not appear Kollie knew how Betts would use that equipment.

“There is no evidence and no allegation in this criminal complaint that Kollie intentionally participated in the planning of Betts’ August fourth shooting,” said Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

Officers responding to the scene shot and killed Betts, who was armed with an assault rifle and body armor.

Federal charges were announced by Glassman,, Todd A. Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, and Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl during a Dayton press conference Monday afternoon.

ABC6/FOX28 will continue to update this story.

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