The man arrested after a deadly attack and standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday is Robert Lewis Dear, 57, officials confirm. Police gave an honor guard to an officer who died in the attack.
Dear’s name was leaked to the media Friday night, as investigators began trying to learn more about the man they say killed three people, including University of Colorado, Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, 44, whose body received a police escort in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Swasey “died in the attack along with two people police are describing as civilians,” Colorado Public Radio’s Megan Verlee reports. She adds, “Planned Parenthood says all of its staff at the clinic came through safely.”
A six-year veteran of the department, Swasey had previously been a champion ice skater, The Denver Post reports. He was married and had two children, a university spokesman tells the Post.
“This is not normal. We can’t let it become normal,” President Obama said the morning after the attack. “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.”
The attack that began just before noon (local time) Friday wounded nine people — five police officers and four others. All are reportedly expected to recover.
Dear surrendered to police after a standoff that lasted five hours. At the clinic and at Dear’s residence, police acted with caution, alert to the chance that the suspect may have rigged explosives.
Read more: NPR
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