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PHOENIX (AP) — A man who opened fire on a federal security officer outside the U.S. courthouse in Phoenix has a long history of mental illness but had never been violent, his ex-wife said Wednesday, a day after she helped turn him in to authorities.
“There’s no explanation for it. He’s sick,” Donna Gonzales told The Associated Press. “Hopefully, he’s getting the help he needs.”
A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court said James Lee Carr, 68, opened fire Tuesday because he said he felt the federal officer “was harassing him.” The officer was inspecting a UPS truck heading into the courthouse when someone in a car yelled, “Hey,” and then fired three shots, according to the complaint.
One round struck the officer, who returned fire, shooting roughly eight rounds as the driver fled in a silver Cadillac. The officer was hit in a protective vest and was expected to recover, city police and the FBI said. Carr was not injured.
Gonzales said her ex-husband will most likely need a court-appointed attorney. She also dismissed any notion that he was making a statement following nationwide protests over police brutality and the weekend ambush of two Los …
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