In both civil suits the next-of-kin are claiming the wrongful death of loved ones under Tenn. code, because Jeffrey Reinking returned weapons to his son that had been previously confiscated despite knowledge of his sons mental health and being a danger to others.
According to the complaint filed with the Davidson County Circuit Court in Nashville, Jeffrey Reinking asked Tazewell County Sheriff's Office to take possession of the firearms and ammunition that had become surrendered. Jeffrey Reinking did get possession of the firearms around August 24, 2017 even though he knew his son was having problems.
After the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office made Jeffrey Reinking agree to not return the weapons to his son, he still did so, even though Travis Reinking did not have right to possess the fire arms and his Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) has been removed.
Jeffrey Reinking still returned the weapons to his son knowing that his FOID card had been taken, but due to a potential move out of state Jeffrey gave the weapons back to his son. Because of these actions, the family of DaSilva believes that Jeffrey Reinking acted unreasonably, and was negligent in the situation which directly resulted in the death of DaSilva.