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Avowed White Supremacist indicted by grand jury for illegal firearms possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Firearms seized after domestic violence incident that resulted in 6- hour stand-off in December 2019

Seattle – A federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging a 44-year-old Battle Ground, Washington man with two federal felonies for illegal firearms possession, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.  Lynn Manley Cargile was arrested on December 26, 2019, following a six-hour stand-off with police.  Cargile was in state custody until earlier this month serving a 29-month prison sentence for domestic violence stemming from the same incident.  He is now in federal custody and will be arraigned on the federal charges.

According to the criminal complaint from March 2020, and the indictment handed up today, police were called to Cargile’s home by a 9-1-1 call from his ex-wife who had been assaulted.  After a lengthy wait, officers used ‘flash-bang’ devices to get Cargile to leave the house and he was taken into custody.  When officers entered the home to secure it for officer safety, they noted numerous firearms.  After obtaining a court authorized search warrant, law enforcement discovered a Smith and Wesson AR-15 style rifle with a swastika on the rifle butt and a Black Rain Ordinance short-barreled rifle.  Investigators also found two silencers.  The short-barreled rifle and silencers are illegal under federal law unless properly registered in the National Firearms and Transfer Record.  Additionally, Cargile is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions in Clark County Washington for attempting to elude (2002 and 2003) and illegal firearms possession (1999 and 2002).

Cargile is indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of unregistered firearms.  Both counts are punishable by up to ten years in prison.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by the Battle Ground Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Angelica Williams.


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated August 26, 2021

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