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Father of Marysville School Shooter Jaylen Fryberg Charged With Gun Buy

Prosecutors say Jaylen Fryberg's father knew an order of protection barred him from owning firearms.
/ Source: NBC News

The father of the Marysville school shooter was charged Tuesday with buying the gun the teen used — even though an order of protection barred him from owning firearms.

Raymond Lee Fryberg, 42, purchased the Beretta PX4 Storm — and four other guns — at a Cabela's on the Tulalip Indian Reservation in January 2013. Federal prosecutors allege he lied on a disclosure form, declaring he was not subject to any restrictions even though he had admitted to a trial court just three months earlier that he violated the order of protection.

Less than two years after he bought the gun, his 15-year-old son, Jaylen Fryberg, used it to kill four schoolmates and himself in the cafeteria of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington. He lured the victims to his lunch table with text messages minutes after sending a friend a photo of himself with a gun between his legs and funeral instructions to relatives.

Authorities said Raymond Fryberg was originally hit with an order of protection for threatening and assaulting his then-partner. It was unclear how he violated the order in September 2012, but he pleaded no contest and placed on probation for 12 months.

In a statement, Cabela's said it "strictly complies with federal, state and local laws regulating the sale of firearms. Cabela's records indicate the transaction was processed in compliance with applicable regulations, including background checks."