(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A man identified as the suspect who killed three people — including a police officer — at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday was being held on no bond as he awaited his first court appearance scheduled for Monday.
Federal law enforcement sources identified the shooting suspect as 57-year-old Robert Dear. Jail records didn’t list charges but showed him being held on two administrative holds.
After entering the Planned Parenthood clinic, Dear engaged in a standoff with police that lasted several hours, authorities said. The standoff came to an end when police officers entered the building and began shouting at the suspect, according to Colorado Springs Lt. Catherine Buckley. It was then that officers got “him to surrender and he was taken into custody,” Buckley said.
The slain police officer was identified as Garrett Swasey. The other two victims haven’t been identified.
At least nine others were injured in the shooting.
Police haven’t released a motive for the shooting or said whether the Planned Parenthood clinic was the intended target.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said: “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the brave law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way in Colorado Springs. We are profoundly grateful for their heroism in helping to protect all women, men and young people as they access basic health care in this country.”
President Obama said in a statement, “The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence — people who woke up in the morning and bid their loved ones goodbye with no idea it would be for the last time.”
“This is not normal,” he added. “We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.”
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