Monday, July 28, 2008

Man behind Idaho murder-suicide was mentally ill - Associated Press

Associated Press - July 27, 2008 8:54 PM ET

LENORE, Idaho (AP) - The Nez Perce County Sheriff's office is still investigating what prompted a murder-suicide near Lenore on Friday.

Detective Kevin Messelt says 34-year-old Cody Alan Dwire was mentally ill, experiencing delusions and paranoia. Dwire shot and wounded his mother, Kathleen Dwire, and fatally shot Ralph Douglas Mack before turning the gun on himself.

Messelt says Dwire was placed in a California hospital between 2003 and 2007 after being accused of attempted murder and burglary in Humboldt County, Calif. Prosecutors declined to pursue the charges because of his illness.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly how the shootings occurred, but believe it began when Dwire approached his mother and filed a single shot at her head with a Taurus .44-caliber Magnum handgun. The bullet went through a hat she was wearing, but missed her.

Both Kathleen Dwire and Mack tried to disarm Cody Dwire, and during the scuffle she was shot in the arm and Mack was reportedly shot twice in the chest. Kathleen Dwire managed to break away and run to a nearby home to call police. Sometime after the scuffle, Cody Dwire shot himself in the head with a 7 mm short Magnum rifle.

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