Planned Parenthood shooting suspect: ‘I’m a warrior for the babies’

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Colorado Shooting Suspect Declares ‘I’m Guilty’ in Court.

The accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter yelled “I am a warrior for the babies” during an outburst as charges against him were read in court.DENVER (AP) — Eight minutes after the call went out about a gunman opening fire outside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, an officer called into his radio the words that no cop wants to hear: “I’ve been shot.” Hit in the hand, the officer asked for help — he had just arrived at the chaotic scene and didn’t know if the gunman was approaching him to finish him off. “I will shoot him if he moves toward you, brother,” another officer replied. The 57-year-old alleged mass shooter will face 179 charges related to last month’s shooting at the Colorado Springs clinic that left three dead and nine wounded. King — who represented Colorado theater shooter James Holmes — has asked the judge to impose a gag order on participants in the Planned Parenthood case before a trial.

The gunbattle ultimately claimed the life of one officer and injured a total of five, the highest police casualty count in a single incident in the U.S. in two years and a reflection of the danger that mass shootings pose to police. Dear also claimed King “drugged” Holmes and that “he wants to do that to me.” Holmes was on anti-psychotic medication during his trial this year in the 2012 shootings that killed 12 people and wounded 70. Police are wounded in about 25 percent of cases like the Nov. 27 Colorado Springs shooting, where officers arrive while the gunman is still firing, said Pete Blair, an associated professor of criminal justice at Texas State University. “It makes it the most dangerous call that a police officer can get, that I know of,” said Blair, who co-authored an FBI report that reviewed 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013. The charges include eight first-degree murder charges and 131 attempted first-degree murder charges, District Attorney Dan May said at a news conference after the court hearing.

Police have declined to discuss a potential motive in the November 27 attack, but there had been mounting evidence to suggest Dear was deeply concerned about abortion. And a law enforcement official said this week that the gunman asked at least one person in a nearby shopping centre for directions to the clinic before opening fire. And officers hoping to save victims’ lives often confront the gunman without backup and without much information about what he looks like or where he is. Five of those injured by gunfire were law enforcement officers; all of them have been released from the hospital and are recovering, officials said Tuesday night. One of his three ex-wives, Barbara Mescher Micheau of South Carolina, said he vandalised a South Carolina abortion clinic at least 20 years earlier, announcing to her that he had put glue in the locks of its doors, a common protest technique among activists trying to shut down abortion clinics.

That was the case in Colorado Springs, where a recording of police radio transmissions shows officers were trying to find the gunman and save injured civilians while under deadly fire themselves. Killed in the attack were Garrett Swasey, 44, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer who rushed to the scene; Ke’Arre Stewart, 29, an Iraq war veteran who was accompanying someone at the clinic; and Jennifer Markovsky, 35, who also accompanied a friend at the clinic. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said that responding officers rescued 24 people from inside the clinic building and helped remove 300 people from surrounding businesses where they had been hiding while the shooting unfolded. According to a man who lived close to Dear back in North Carolina, Dear would often avoid eye contact during conversations and would ramble incoherently on topics that didn’t make any sense. “What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable — especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this,” presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said. Dear, 57, has been described by relatives and neighbors as a loner with an antigovernment worldview, and as a person who has expressed extreme anti-abortion views, according to an ex-wife and others.

Most police and sheriff’s departments give individual officers the authority to decide whether to take on an active shooter immediately or wait for backup, said Sid Heal, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander and now a consultant with the Police Policy Studies Council. On Wednesday, Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the United States attorney for Colorado, said that a federal investigation headed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was continuing. Following standard practice at the time, officers waited outside until commanders believed they had sufficient numbers, equipment and information to enter the building, but they came under widespread criticism for not moving in sooner.

In last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, responding officers entered a social service center without knowing how many gunmen there were or whether they were still in the building. Federal authorities, he added, are “doing everything we can in support of the state investigation and the district’s attorney’s state prosecution.” Authorities in Colorado said Mr.

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