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Southwest Washington man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Possessed firearm decorated with Nazi symbol

Tacoma – A 44-year-old Battle Ground, Washington man pleaded guilty late yesterday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to being a felon in possession of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.  Lynn Manley Cargile was arrested on December 26, 2019, following a six-hour stand-off with police.  Cargile was indicted federally in August 2021.  He faces up to ten years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan on March 18, 2022.

According to the plea agreement and other records in the case, 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.  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 was in state custody until August 2021 serving a 29-month prison sentence for domestic violence stemming from the same incident. 

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 December 13, 2021

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