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Father of Waffle House Shooting Defendant Disputes Tazewell County Sheriff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The father of the former Morton man accused of fatally shooting four people in a Nashville Waffle House claims authorities didn't expressly tell him to keep guns away from his son.

Jeffrey Reinking registered the claim last month in an ongoing federal civil lawsuit filed against him by one of the victim's families. Reinking's son Travis Reinking is charged in the April shooting.

In August 2017, the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office said it told Jeffrey Reinking to keep the weapons away from his son, whom the U.S. Secret Service had arrested that July at the White House.

Jeffrey Reinking had locked up his son's three rifles and a handgun, but later returned the weapons.

In the deposition last month, Jeffrey Reinking says he spoke with an officer at the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office before returning the guns but he declines to say what advice he was given.


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