The truth about Pentagon shooter's last 'utterance': There wasn't one
In the days since Thursday’s shooting at the Pentagon, that word has hung in the air, leaving open a question about what John Patrick Bedell might have said as he fired on officers at a main security entrance.
In the hours immediately after the shooting, the chief of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency whose officers were wounded in an exchange that killed Bedell, said early inquiries and looks at surveillance video suggested Bedell may have made an “utterance” as he pulled out one of the two guns he was carrying.
On Internet postings, Bedell had delivered rambling manifestos that described a cabal of gangsters he insisted had infiltrated and manipulated the government and likely was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The family of Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., had said he recently descended into paranoia that ended in an act that might never be understood.
“I can’t confirm what that utterance is because the person who knows that is now at home resting from a gunshot," Pentagon Force Chief Richard S. Keevill said during a Friday news conference.
Investigators have since spoken at length with the first officer to encounter Bedell -- Officer Marvin Carraway, 44, whom Bedell shot in the thigh. Bedell was five feet from Carraway and kept shooting as Carraway retreated behind a bulletproof barrier.
Carraway and Officer Colin Richards, 29, returned fire, and Officer Jeffrey Amos, 46, who been on patrol, ran to the scene and fired his submachine gun. Bedell came crashing down, the officers said.
Carraway told investigators that Bedell uttered not a word as he fired, Chris Layman, spokesman for the Pentagon force, told The Washington Post Tuesday.
Asked whether Bedell had spoken in his final minutes, Layman said that “in follow-on interviews with Officer Carraway, he stated that Bedell did not say a word.”
-- Mary Pat Flaherty
Mary Pat Flaherty
March 10, 2010; 7:04 AM ET
Categories: Mary Pat Flaherty , Police Shootings , Updates , Virginia
Save & Share: Previous: Loudoun joins Project Lifesaver
Next: Man in yellow hard hat robs Fairfax bank
Posted by: FiatBooks | March 10, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: curious606 | March 10, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: pundito | March 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: hisroc | March 10, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.