By: James Neyer ~Staff Writer~
A gunman opened fire in a Colorado Planned Parenthood office, killing 44-year-old police officer Garrett Swasey and two civilians.
Nine other people were also injured in the attack. The 57-year-old suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, was arrested after a five-hour stand-off with the police.
Dear is currently being held without bond on the charge of first degree murder and appeared before a judge on Nov. 30.
Of the nine others taken to the hospital, five were officers, and all are in good condition.
In response to the shooting, Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains president and CEO Vicki Cowart has confirmed that Planned Parenthood will stay true to its mission of providing health care to millions of women.
“We will never back away from providing critical health care to millions of people who rely on and trust us every day,” Cowart said.
Police have not confirmed any possible motive for the shooting, but the Associated Press reported that Dear said, “No more baby parts,” in a statement after being taken in for questioning.
He also made negative comments about President Barack Obama. Federal authorities assisting in the investigation said it was too early to determine a motive.
The extent to which the “no more baby parts” statement played in his decision is still unclear.
Dear’s neighbors and family have said that they could not imagine him doing anything like this, as he was a very quiet individual who stayed to himself.
“He was really strange and out there, but I never thought he would do any harm,” John Hood, Dear’s former next door neighbor, told the Associated Press.
This was the first deadly attack on a U.S. abortion provider in more than six years.
The last attack occurred in Wichita, Kan., when Dr. George Tiller was killed by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder.
Planned Parenthood clinics already had heightened security due to FBI warnings two months ago.
The warnings came after undercover videos were released of workers allegedly selling baby parts.
“Today, 28 out of 29 of our healthcare centers in Colorado are open. Only that one healthcare center in Colorado Springs is not open today,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice-president of Planned Parenthood of America said.
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