- The Washington Times - Monday, September 30, 2019

The man who killed seven and wounded 25 last month in an Odessa, Texas, shooting had been on police’s radar eight years prior as being a potential threat to public safety, according to new reports.

Police reports show that Seth Ator threatened to kill himself via a police shootout in February 2011 after officers went to the home of his mother because he was refusing to take his mental health medication, CNN reported.

“There seemed to be some indication of some planned standoff with police,” one officer wrote in the 2011 report. Another said he believed Ator would “attempt to harm the police and the public.”

When police arrived, they found Ator had dug an underground bunker in his back yard, had a machete in his bed and had made plans for a potential attack.

This evidence led them to record the home’s floor plan and hand it over to the local SWAT team.



In 2011, police took Ator to a hospital after his home inspection was complete, where he was given medication and admitted to a treatment center for mental health.

A third police officer noted that Ator mentioned to security that “the police can’t be everywhere.”

“I took this as a threat against the public,” the officer wrote.

These new reports come after Ator opened fire during a routine traffic stop in September, leading to a 10-mile rampage that killed seven people and injured dozens more before he was gunned down and killed outside an Odessa movie theater.

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