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Charges File Against Reloader Who Sold Stephen Paddock Ammunition

04 February 2018

An Arizona man accused of selling armor-piercing bullets to a Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people was charged on Friday with conspiracy to manufacture and sell such ammunition without a license, federal prosecutors in Nevada said.

Douglas Haig Arizona ammunition dealer: Denies sale or meeting with Las Vegas gunman was suspicious.


"You would have seen red streaks coming from the window", Haig said, referring to Paddock's perch from a Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hotel room. It also revealed markings consistent with reloading the bullets, which were found to have armor-piercing components inside them. Law enforcement was able to lift a fingerprint off one of the armor-piercing cartridges.

Haig and his business partner, whose name wasn't provided, sold 40 to 50 rounds of incendiary rounds to Paddock in late August at a Las Vegas gun show, according to the complaint.

One of his lawyers, Marc Victor, said that Mr. Haig, "to the best of his knowledge, has never sold ammunition to anybody who has ever used it for any unlawful goal whatsoever".

Haig, an aerospace engineer who sells ammunition as a hobby, was charged with manufacturing armor piercing bullets, an illicit form of ammunition. The records do not indicate if Paddock used any of the ammo in the actual attack.

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Haig, an aerospace engineer and part-time ammunition reseller, said he sold 720 rounds of surplus United States military tracer ammunition to Paddock at his Mesa home in September after Paddock approached him at a Phoenix gun show.

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"[.] He said that he was going out at night to shoot it with friends".

A few days later, Paddock called Haig.

He gave the box to Paddock to carry the 720 rounds of tracer ammunition from the sale. "After that transaction, Doug had absolutely no further contact with Mr. Paddock".

Paddock arrived at Haig's home "very well-dressed, very well-groomed, very polite, very respectful", Haig said. "He paid me, put it in his vehicle and drove away", Haig said.

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But after the initial reports about Haig in Newsweek and the Review-Journal, Haig told the Las Vegas outlet, "I'm the guy that sold ammunition to Stephen Paddock". "I'm a vendor, a merchant whose name was released".

Haig said he is cooperating with investigators. Haig's identity emerged by mistake after his name was not redacted in court documents.

Haig said he's received death threats since the search warrant documents were released Tuesday.

This week, Haig said he couldn't detect anything wrong with Paddock. According to his lawyer, he cooperated with investigators "without hesitation".

Haig said he was at a loss to explain why Paddock did it.

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Charges File Against Reloader Who Sold Stephen Paddock Ammunition