In the investigation following the Munich shooting where David Ali Sonboly killed 9 people, German police discovered that the 18-year-old had purchased the weapon from a vendor on the deepweb. Nearly a month after the shooting spree, the Bavarian state police have reportedly caught the person behind the transaction.
On July 27th, Holger Muench, head of Germany’s Federal Police, told the media that “We [the BKA] see that the darknet is a growing trading place, and therefore we need to prioritize our investigations here.”
According to several news outlets, the law enforcement’s new focus on the deepweb has paid off.
An unnamed 31-year-old German man was arrested in a sting operation where he claimed to have sold the Glock 17 to the Munich shooter, as well similar weapons to a 62-year-old accountant, and a 17-year-old student.
Police posed as buyers for an unknown automatic weapon and another Glock 17 for $9,021, and apprehended the man in Marburg, Germany, according to a statement by the Frankfurt State Prosecutor.
Both the accountant and student were also under investigation by the police but have since been released. There is no indication that they were involved in the Munich shooting, investigators note.