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Robert Louis Dear

Independent Sentinel by S. Noble

Robert Lewis Dear, age 59, has been identified as the suspect in the shooting at a Planned Parenthood medical center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Denver Post reports.

Dear surrendered and is cooperating.

Three people, including a police officer were killed in the shooting and nine others, including five police officers, were injured. It began just before noon on Friday, while the clinic was open and in operation. The suspect was taken into custody five hours later, just before 5 p.m.

He started firing in the parking lot, CNN reported, and one witness said he had a “cold stone face”. Armed with a long gun, he appeared to be following a man who was trying to crawl out the back door unseen.

After a victim hiding in the bathroom was reported as having been shot in the chest, police drove a BearCat armored vehicle through the clinic and began evacuating civilians.

The entire siege lasted six hours.

 

Garrett Swasey, 44, father of two young children

Garrett Swasey, 44, father of two young children

 

University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Police Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, has been identified as one of the victims killed in the shooting.

Dear came from South Carolina originally though he is a resident of North Carolina and it is not yet known when he arrived in Colorado Springs. He has an arrest record. He was charged with two counts of animal cruelty in 2002 but found not guilty. He has a series of traffic violations[…]