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Gunman in Dothan standoff upset he wasn't sent to Iraq

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Dothan Police say a 19-year-old member of the Alabama National Guard was upset about not being deployed to Iraq when he took over a small medical center.

Investigators said Jason Murphy had planned to "kill everybody" but changed his mind when he saw a child playing in the waiting room.

The Dothan man is charged with burglary, terrorist threats and criminal mischief for the more than two hour standoff he had with police and sheriff's deputies at PrimeCare medical center on Monday.

No one was hurt, but the incident sent 55 patients and staff members scrambling from the building after Murphy fired several shots.

Dothan Police Sgt. Stacy Robinson tells Dothan newspaper that Murphy had a loaded M-1 assault rifle and a 9 millimeter handgun when he entered the building.

Alabama National Guard spokesman Norman Arnold described Murphy
as a relatively new enlistee who is with the Dothan-based 186th Engineering Company. He said Murphy just returned from an advanced
training course but declined to comment on whether or not he was
scheduled to be deployed.

Medical privacy laws prohibit police and doctors from releasing
information about the type of treatment Murphy was seeking. He is
being held without bond.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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