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USWest Texas shooter failed background check after being adjudicated 'a mental defective,' sources say

00:50  05 september  2019
00:50  05 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The gunman in a West Texas rampage " was on a long spiral of going down" and had been fired FBI special agent Christopher Combs said Monday that Ator called the agency’s tip line as well as local Combs said he did not know whether Ator had been diagnosed with any prior mental health problems.

The West Texas man who killed seven people and wounded 25 in a shooting rampage failed a background check during an attempted firearm purchase in 2014 because he had earlier been adjudicated "a mental defective" and temporarily committed to an institution, three law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.

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Seth Ator, 36, had been committed to an unidentified institution in McLennan County in 2006 because he was deemed a danger to himself and/or others, according to one source.

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Authorities said Ator " was on a long spiral of going down" and had been fired from his oil services job the morning of the shooting , and that he Ator had previously failed a federal background check for a firearm, said John Wester, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Odessa shooter is pictured with a teardrop gang tattoo on his face as neighbor recalls he was a 'violent, aggressive person who would shoot at Fifteen minutes after the call to the FBI, Combs said , a Texas state trooper unaware of the calls to authorities tried pulling over Ator for failing to signal a

The commitment occurred more than a decade ago, a second source said.

Still, Ator managed to buy the firearm used in Saturday's mass shooting within the last couple of years, according to a third source.

Police said Ator used an AR-15-style rifle in the killing spree in and around Odessa.

"A mental defective" is a term used in federal law to describe one category of people prohibited from purchasing or owning a firearm.

He had bought the weapon used in the rampage in a private sale, which doesn't require a background check, a law enforcement official previously told CNN.

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The department is prohibited by law from disclosing the reason he was denied the purchase, the DPS said.

In July 2001, Ator was charged with criminal mischief after breaking a window at the DePaul Center, a psychiatric and drug abuse facility in McLennan County, according to Tom Needham, the county's executive assistant district attorney.

The DePaul Center requested that the charge not be prosecuted, the prosecutor said.

"He paid for the window and apparently they asked that it be dropped," said Needham.

The prosecutor said he could not confirm that Ator was committed to the DePaul Center, only that the criminal mischief charge stemmed from him having broken a window there.

Needham said Ator also was charged with criminal trespass and evading arrest in August 2001. He said Ator received 24 months deferred adjudication probation, drug and alcohol testing as well mandatory attendance at Narcotics Anonymous.

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The gunman in a West Texas rampage “ was on a long spiral of going down” and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven FBI special agent Christopher Combs said Monday that Ator called the agency's tip line as well as local police dispatch on Saturday after being fired from

The gunman in a West Texas rampage “ was on a long spiral of going down” and had been fired Wester did not say when Ator failed the background check or why. Online court records show Ator Authorities said they remain unable to provide an exact timeline of the shooting , including how much

Needham added, "Mental health records are confidential, but I am not aware of any records concerning mental health adjudications or commitments."

In June 2012, Ator was arrested and charged him with public intoxication after he got in a fight, said Larry Adams, assistant chief of police for the city of Woodway, Texas.

Adams said witnesses told police Ator had been "drinking all night" and that one person head-butted him, leaving cuts on his face and nose. . The charge is a Class C misdemeanor, which Adams said may not show up in court record searches.

The ATF, the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety are "aggressively following up on" the source that supplied the firearm that Ator used in the rampage, according to the ATF.

Investigators are still searching for a motive in the mass shooting.

The man showed up to work Saturday "in a distressed mental state," and was fired, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.

Combs said the firing wasn't the reason for the shooting spree and that he was "already enraged" when he showed up for work.

Ator had been "on a long spiral going down," and he had "probably been in trouble for a while," Combs said.

The shooting began Saturday when Texas Department of Public Safety troopers pulled Ator over for failing to use his turn signal, and Ator began firing at them. Speeding away, he went on to spray bullets as he drove west toward Odessa and into the city. At one point, he hijacked a US Postal Service truck, killing the mail carrier.

Ator was finally stopped in a parking lot after officers rammed the hijacked truck and gunned him down.

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