Wednesday, June 17, 2015

LRAFB shooter dies in hospital; FBI says no terrorism ties, no known motive

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM

UPDATE, 8:38 a.m.: Fox 16 reports that Larry McElroy, the armed civilian shot at the Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday, has died of his injuries. He was hospitalized after being shot and remained in critical condition thereafter.

The FBI released a statement
yesterday saying McElroy, who was shot after crashing his SUV near the main gates of the LRAFB and emerging from the vehicle with a rifle, had no connection to terrorist organizations.

LRAFB authorities confirmed yesterday that no one from the base was injured in the incident.

Despite an earlier report from a neighbor who said she heard a "loud boom" during the FBI's raid on McElroy's house on Tuesday, investigators said the search turned up no explosives. From the AP's report:

The base commander, Col. Charles Brown Jr, said Monday that it was unclear whether the man fired his weapon, how many shots were fired or if the man exchanged words with the two guards before the shooting. The base didn't immediately respond to a message seeking updates Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Oh, and also this:

In January, [McElroy] told a [Pulaski County sheriff's] deputy he had found three "spy devices" on his home's electronics and chandelier that he believed were placed by "General N.B. Forrest and Colonel Sanders" from the base. 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.

"Mr. McElroy was advised the likelihood of this being factual was pretty slim, however he demanded the events be documented for his safety," according to a report released by the sheriff.

A deputy also went to McElroy's home last year after his father reported that McElroy claimed he'd been held captive by more than 25 people during the day. McElroy was "hallucinating" and pointing out individuals who weren't present, according to a sheriff's report.

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