Before murderous rampage, Rodger convinced officers that he was calm
Weeks before killing six people and injuring many others, Elliot Rodger was able to convince sheriff's deputies that he was calm and not going to hurt anyone, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown revealed in a recent interview.
In a TV program titled "Face the Nation," Mr. Brown revealed that three weeks before the murderous rampage Rodger's family had expressed concern about him before local health officials, who asked sheriff's deputies to take a notice of the potential threat.
But when the deputies questioned the 22-year-old former Santa Barbara City College student, he successfully convinced the officers that everything was fine.
Revealing the episode, Mr. Brown said, "He just didn't meet the criteria for any further intervention. He was able to make a very convincing story that there was no problem, and that he wasn't going to hurt himself or anyone else."
California and many other states of the US have a law that allows authorities to identify and confine potentially dangerous people before they can do harm. The authorities can detain such people and hold them in a mental hospital for observation for up to 72 hours. But in Rodger's case, police failed to detect the looming danger.
Rodger fatally stabbed three men near his own apartment, of which two died. Then he killed three young women and shot another man in the town of Isla Vista. The attacker left a 137-page manifesto behind, in which he revealed that wanted to destroy everything that he loved much but could not achieve.
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