War veteran suspected of killing of Calif. shooting

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Updated: 12/22/2013 2:06 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a gunman suspected of killing a man and critically wounding a woman in the San Fernando Valley is an Iraq war veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Officer Norma Eisenman said Saturday that 32-year-old Ricardo Javier Tapia has shown irrational behavior following multiple deployments to the Middle East.

He was arrested Friday night after firing in several directions from a Reseda apartment complex, striking two people.

KABC-TV reports that when officers arrived, Tapia was covered in blood and charged at them with his hands up. He was tackled and subdued with a stun gun.

A witness, Erik Correa, told the station he heard the suspect ranting about Hitler, President Obama and terrorists.

Tapia was being held on $1 million bail.


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