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NCSU student told police he wanted to kill officers, others

Posted August 28, 2012
Updated August 29, 2012

— A North Carolina State University student was involuntarily committed last month for mental health treatment after confessing to campus police that he had planned to go on a killing spree, according to a court document.

Campus police checked on the student on July 17 after his girlfriend told officers she was worried about his well-being.

The student, a former Marine sniper who served two tours of duty in Iraq, told officers that he was depressed and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.

According to an application for a search warrant to gain access to the student's computer files, he gave campus police a detailed account of how he would daydream in class about robbing banks and killing people. He would draw up maps and outline which weapons he would use.

"He stated that he has pictured what the victims would look like when he shot them in the head and killed them," the document states.

N.C. State University bell tower Campus police find NCSU student posed no threat

The student told police that he lost all respect for law enforcement when he was 12. His younger sister was hit by a car driven by a local police officer's wife, and the police who investigated the case "did not appear to be professional and appeared to promote a 'cover-up,'" the document states.

He said he wanted to kill a law enforcement officer to get a badge, which he said would help him gain membership in the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, according to the search warrant application. He said he planned to follow an officer who took his patrol car home while off duty.

"He explained that he felt officers with take-home vehicles were easy targets," the document states, noting that the student also planned to kill the officer's family.

Campus police shared the information with Wake County prosecutors, but authorities said an investigation turned up no real threat.

The student was taken to the VA Hospital in Durham for treatment.


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  • JAT Aug 30, 2012

    tom - once he was arrested, there was no threat; and they didn't know about the threat until he was arrested. How were you supposed to be notified of it?

  • tommathhews Aug 29, 2012

    Its bad enough that we are refused the right to defend ourselves on campus but now we dont hear about a serious threat to our safety until a month later.

  • hardycitrus Aug 29, 2012

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  • davisgw Aug 29, 2012

    How did the second admendment get into this discussion? No mention at all of the subject owning a gun or atempting to use one. As for the bearing of sanity on the issue that is covered by ATFX rules. Keep reading

  • dumbhick Aug 29, 2012

    Just wondering .... how do the NRA members here feel about this student's 2nd Amendment rights? I've read the amendment over and over and there's nothing there that says sanity has any bearing on the right to keep and bear arms.

  • tiblet Aug 29, 2012

    bombayrunner...thank you for your service to our GREAT country!

  • dumbhick Aug 29, 2012

    lovethemoment: "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE"
    The Iraq war may have been about all sorts of things .... finishing the job pops started, paying back the military industry, oil rights ... all of the above and more, but it WAS NEVER ABOUT FREEDOM!

  • hardycitrus Aug 29, 2012

    Guys claiming to ne be former USMC snipers are a dime a dozen on the internet and they are usually saying "I took an oath to defend" America from "enemies foreign AND domestic."

    Just go ahead a Google that to see how many of these people are out their fantasizing about hunting down their neighbors for not being patriotic enough.

  • snshine62d Aug 29, 2012

    This is a wake up call that our men and women that are returning from Iraq and other places need to be evaluated and given the help they need. Thank God his girlfriend got people involved.

  • Uhavenoclu Aug 29, 2012

    Living in the wild wild west...............Gonna be more.forget your Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle people,family values have no meaning,children were raised on quiet times instead of whipping times and see where it has lead to????????????????????????