- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

3:30 p.m. CDT

The man shot outside Little Rock Air Force Base told a sheriff’s deputy earlier this year that he believed officials at the facility were spying on him.

A report released Tuesday by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office shows that Larry McElroy told a deputy in January that he found three “spy devices” on his electronics and chandelier after using a “bug” detector he purchased from eBay.

The report said McElroy said he believed “General N.B. Forrest and Colonel Sanders” from the base were responsible. The names were possibly references to Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The report said the deputy who responded told McElroy the likelihood of his claim being true was slim, but McElroy demanded that it be documented “for his safety.”

2 p.m. CDT

The suspect who authorities say was shot and critically wounded by guards outside a sprawling military base in Arkansas filed for bankruptcy five years ago, according to federal court records.

The documents show that Larry McElroy filed for bankruptcy in 2010. McElroy and a woman who lived with him at his Jacksonville home reported more than $112,000 in assets, but more than $230,000 in debts.

McElroy said he was unemployed in the filing.

The FBI says the 43-year-old McElroy was shot by guards outside the Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday. Authorities have said it wasn’t immediately clear why McElroy was trying to get on the base.


10:30 a.m. CDT

Authorities have identified the armed suspect who was shot and critically wounded by guards outside a sprawling military base in Arkansas, and say he has no ties to terrorism.

The FBI on Tuesday identified Larry McElroy as the man who drove his SUV over a curb at Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday, crashed into a street sign and began to exit his vehicle holding a rifle.

McElroy was shot by two guards. He remained in critical condition Tuesday.

The FBI said bomb squads did not find any explosives in McElroy’s vehicle or home.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said it helped secure a property for the FBI to search in Jacksonville, the city that abuts the base, shortly after the shooting.

Public records show that a 43-year-old Larry D. McElroy Jr. lives at the same address.

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