Robert Dear, the Planned Parenthood shooter who committed his crime at a Colorado Springs clinic, recently told investigators that he idolizes the killer of a Florida doctor and that he is happy with his decision to attack innocent people.
Sealed documents regarding the shooter’s statements were recently made public to news outlets. The statements made by the shooter were revealed to investigators.
Robert Dear told police officials that he attacked the clinic because he was upset with them for performing abortions and selling baby parts. The attack came months after videos surfaced on the internet showing Planned Parenthood employees being tricked into revealing that they were indeed selling baby parts, and fetal tissues.
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As per the arrest warrant released together with the newly unsealed documents, Colorado Springs Police detective Jerry Schiffelbein wrote that, while the shooter, who admitted to committing the crimes, was being placed into a patrol car, “he began yelling out statements about the killing of babies and no more baby parts.”
Dear also allegedly said that he was happy with what he had done because his actions ensured that no more abortions would be conducted at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. It was reported in the past that the suspect called himself a warrior for babies during numerous outbursts while his first ever court appearance took place.
The shooter faces 179 counts, including first-degree murder. During the attack, he killed a police officer identified as Garrett Swasey, a father of two; an Army veteran named Ke’Arre Stewart, also a father of two; and a mother named Jennifer Markovsky, who had two children. None of the people who died were workers at the clinic. Nine more people were injured in the attack.
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Robert Dear was reportedly carrying four Soviet-style SKS semi-automatic rifles at the time of the attack. He also shot at propane tanks while inside the clinic, but they did not explode. Inside his Toyota Tacoma pickup, police officials found two handguns, one more rifle, and a shotgun.
The documents also revealed that the suspect stopped for directions multiple times while driving from his home to the clinic. He eventually called Planned Parenthood to get directions, and he also tore a page from a phone book with the address of the clinic.
Dear also admitted to idolizing Paul Hill, a man known for killing an abortion provider in Florida back in 1994. The bodyguard of the doctor was also killed in the attack. Paul Hill was executed in 2003, and he had said that he believed God wanted him to fight abortions through the use of deadly force.
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When Robert Dear lived in South Carolina, he also glued shut the locks of a local abortion clinic. According to his admission, he believed he would save lives by preventing abortions from being carried out.
The suspect in the November 27 attack recently underwent a competency exam. The doctor’s decision is still under wraps, but the suspect’s attorney last month said that his client should be committed to the state hospital in Pueblo.
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Judge Gilbert Martinez set an April 28 hearing for testimony on the doctor’s report. If Robert Dear is found to be incompetent, the charges against him regarding the Planned Parenthood shooting will be put on hold. He will be committed to a hospital facility indefinitely, and his status will be reviewed every 90 days.
If found competent, the shooter could face the death penalty.
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