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A Butler County man lied on forms to illegally purchase a firearm that was used to kill a Dayton police detective, federal agents said Wednesday.
Delano Wells, 50, of Trenton, was charged by criminal complaint on Nov. 5 with making false statements of a federal firearms form.
According to officials with the Department of Justice, Wells lied on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives forms to purchase a firearm apparently used in the slaying of Dayton Detective Jorge Del Rio.
According to court documents, three firearms were recovered from the scene on Ruskin Road on Nov. 4, the day of the shooting -- two pistols with extended magazines and an AR-style weapon.
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It is alleged Wells purchased all three firearms, federal officials said.
ATF officials say they traced one alleged pistol purchase to Aug. 29, just 67 days prior to the shooting, and another alleged pistol purchase to Sept. 9, only 57 days prior.
Records indicate Wells purchased at least six other firearms in August and September.
According to the affidavit, Wells told ATF agents he purchased the weapons in Middletown for a friend. Wells allegedly received cash for the cost of the firearms with an additional profit of $25 to $30 per firearm.
Wells allegedly lied on ATF Form 4473 for each purchase he made, by indicating “yes” he was purchasing the firearm for himself and not for anyone else, officials said. In reality, it is alleged he purchased the firearms to sell to his friend.
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Nathan Goddard, Jr., 39, is accused of shooting Del Rio twice in the face during a federal drug raid. It is unclear if Goddard and Wells know each other.
Del Rio died days later at a Dayton hospital.
Del Rio leaves behind a wife, five children and three grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.
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