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Seattle suspect had mental health evaluations

3 years 2 weeks 5 days ago June 06, 2014 Jun 6, 2014 Friday, June 06 2014 June 06, 2014 1:51 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Gene Johnson

SEATTLE - Police say the suspect in a shooting at a small Seattle university was hospitalized twice in recent years for mental health evaluations.

Pete Caw is the assistant police chief in the suburb of Mountlake Terrace, where the suspect, Aaron Ybarra, lives. He said Friday that officers encountered Ybarra in 2010 and 2012.

Caw says both times, Ybarra was severely intoxicated and taken to Swedish Hospital in Edmonds for evaluation. In the October 2012 incident, police found him lying in a roadway.

Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say another student pepper-sprayed and tackled him.

The 26-year-old Ybarra has been booked for investigation of homicide and is scheduled to make a court appearance Friday afternoon.

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