Pentagon shooter's Texas road stop raised parents' alarm

HOLLISTER, Calif. (AP) - A law enforcement official says the
Pentagon shooter had been behaving erratically, and his family
feared in January that he had bought a gun.
John Patrick Bedell was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire
last night at an entrance to the Pentagon. Two Pentagon police
officers suffered minor injuries.
San Benito County, Calif., Sheriff Curtis Hill tells The
Associated Press that Bedell's parents filed a missing persons
report and were worried about his mental stability.
The parents reported Bedell missing on Jan. 4, one day after a
Texas Highway Patrol officer stopped him for speeding in Amarillo.
Bedell told the highway patrolman he was heading for the East
Coast, and the officer used Bedell's phone to call his mother, Kaye
Bedell, because her son seemed disheveled and out of sorts.
Kaye Bedell told the patrolman that her son was fine, and the
patrolman let him go with a warning.
But Hill says Kaye told his deputies the next day that her son
had no reason to travel to the East Coast and she and her husband
were worried about his mental state.


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