Pentagon Metro Shooting

A family friend says John Patrick Bedell

The Associated Press
Alease Turner, far right, with Metro, welcomes people to a shuttle bus headed for the Pentagon at the Pentagon City Metro stop in Arlington, Va., on Friday after a shooting at the Pentagon Metro stop on Thursday temporarily closed down the stop.

HOLLISTER, Calif. -- A family friend says John Patrick Bedell's family "tried over and over to get him into some kind of treatment."

But because Bedell was an adult, he says, there was a limit to what they could do.

Bedell is the man who opened fire at an entrance to the Pentagon on Thursday, slightly wounding two police officers before he was fatally shot.

He had railed on the Internet about his distrust of the government.

Family and friends describe him as a bright but troubled man who sank deep into mental illness and anti-government rants.

His mother -- a nursing instructor -- tried to get help for him.

In fact, when Bedell was pulled over for speeding in Texas in January, the officer who pulled him over answered Bedell's ringing cell phone.

It was Bedell's mother calling. According to the family friend, she asked the officer to put her son in a mental health facility. But Bedell refused to go.

Bedell was diagnosed as bipolar, or manic depressive, and had been in and out of treatment programs for years.


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