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Deposition: Reinking's Father Returned Guns to Accused Waffle House Shooter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The father of the former Morton man accused of killing four people with an assault-style rifle in a Nashville Waffle House says he spoke with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office before returning guns to his son.

According to a deposition filed in federal court Monday, Jeffrey Reinking had been holding three rifles and a handgun in a gun safe for his son Travis Reinking. The guns had previously been confiscated when Travis Reinking’s Illinois firearms owner identification card was revoked.

     Jeffrey Reinking declined to share details of conversation with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office during the deposition.

Jeffrey Reinking is accused of civil conspiracy and negligent infliction of emotional distress in a federal lawsuit filed by family members of victim Akilah DaSilva.


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