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Records: West Texas gunman has 'suicidal tendencies' in 2001

1 week 1 day 13 hours ago Tuesday, September 10 2019 Sep 10, 2019 September 10, 2019 7:52 PM September 10, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAKE BLEIBERG
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - Arrest reports say the gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was arrested in 2001 for trying to break into a woman's bedroom after threatening to kill her brother. Hospital staff later determined Seth Ator had "suicidal tendencies."

McLennan County Sheriff's Office records show Ator jumped from a second-floor window to avoid authorities the day after the attempted break-in in the Waco suburb of Lorena. The Associated Press obtained the reports through a public records request.

Ator eventually pleaded guilty to evading arrest and criminal trespass.

It is unclear whether the 2001 events have any bearing on the mass shooting that stretched 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Midland to Odessa. It is also unknown whether his hospitalization affected a federal background check that a law enforcement official said blocked Ator from buying a gun in 2014 because of a "mental health issue."

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