Accused Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter has list of complaints in Walterboro
WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) -- Domestic disputes, fights with tenants and neighbors, and a peeping Tom charge: police reports involving the man accused of shooting a dozen people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood depict a man who frequently had interactions with Colleton County Sheriff's deputies.
Robert Lewis Dear, Jr., is accused of killing three people, including a police officer, and injuring nine others on Friday before being taken into custody after an hours long standoff.
Reports indicate Dear had lived part of the time in a cabin with no electricity or running water in the North Carolina mountains.
His neighbors in Black Mountain said Robert Lewis Dear kept mostly to himself. But James Russell said when Dear did talk, it was a rambling combination of a number of topics that didn't make sense together and he tended to avoid eye contact.
Two topics Russell said he never heard Dear talk about were religion or abortion.
Dear's cabin was a half-mile up a curvy dirt road about 15 miles west of Asheville. A cross made of twigs was nailed to the wall of the pale yellow shack on Saturday. Residents in the area said Dear had not been seen in about two years and that the little shack was for sale.
Dear also spent time in a trailer in the nearby town of Swannanoa. Neighbors there said Dear had not been seen in about a year, but they would see him from time to time riding an ATV.
Dear also lived in Walterboro and at one time rented out his home on Winding Creek Drive.
John Hood said Saturday that when he moved to the small town of Walterboro, Dear was living in a doublewide mobile home next door. Hood said Dear made money by selling prints of his uncle Bill Stroud's paintings of Southern plantations and the Masters golf tournament.
Hood said that Dear rarely talked to them, and when he did, he offered unsolicited advice, including recommending that Hood put a metal roof on his home so the U.S. government couldn't spy on him.
Police reports relating to Dear date back to at least 1997 when he was accused by his wife of hitting her, locking her out of their home, and pushing her out of a window when she tried to crawl inside.
She did not file charges against him.
In 2002, Dear was accused of peeping in his neighbor's windows. According to the report, he had been spotted several times over the year they lived beside Dear looking in the windows at her. The woman said she felt unsafe around him.
Later that year, Dear was accused of shooting another neighbor's dog with a BB gun. During an interview, Dear said he did not shoot the dog.
"Douglas was lucky that it was only a pellet that hit the dog and not a bigger round," police reported, noting that at no point in talking to Dear did the officers say what kind of gun was used.
In 2004, there were a number of civil disputes between Dear and local children and the same neighbor who accused Dear of shooting his dog. In all but one, Dear claimed to be the victim of aggression by a group of kids.
In 2005, Dear's son said he was in a fight at school and someone called him threatening to "kick his ass."
And in 2007, after Dear had moved to North Carolina, he reported a stolen pickup truck from his home that he had rented to a woman.
According to Dear, the woman had missed a few rent payments, so he went to see why. When he got to the home, the truck was gone and the tenant said she didn't know it was missing.
A month later, Dear had evicted the tenants and found that the water heater and refrigerator had been stolen. Dear also accused the tenants of damaging his toilets by flushing raw chicken.
The mayor of Colorado Springs says authorities aren't ready to discuss a possible motive of the gunman who attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic there but says people can make "inferences from where it took place."
John Suthers says investigators have interviewed 57-year-old Dear but says authorities still want to learn more about him, suggesting that his mental health was part of the investigation.
Three people were killed in the attack, including a University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer, Garrett Swasey. The other two victims haven't been publicly identified yet.
The father of the police officer killed in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting says his son loved figure skating, was a great dad and was loved by all in his department.
David Swasey told the Boston Globe his son, Garrett, moved to Colorado from Massachusetts in the 1980s to pursue figure skating and won a national championship in the junior ranks.
At least four people injured in the shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs have been released from hospitals.
Those out of the hospital as of Saturday include Ozy Licano, who was injured when the gunman fired on him in the parking lot. The other three haven't been identified.
A total of nine people were hospitalized, including five police officers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.