10/12/2010

Soldier shot by SLC cop was troubled

He returned from Afghanistan and headed straight to Utah with ammunition, weapons and a grudge

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A report says Army officials knew a distraught and AWOL soldier recently back from Afghanistan was headed to Utah with ammunition, weapons and a grudge — but didn't warn local authorities.

Army Spc. Brandon Barrett was wearing body armor and military fatigues when he was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer who was wounded in an Aug. 27 shootout at a downtown intersection.

The Salt Lake Tribune cites Army records for a Tuesday report saying Army investigators were worried about a mass shooting.

Barrett was classified as a deserter from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.

The newspaper cites text messages Barrett sent warning that he was preparing for death with, "one hell of an argument and about 1,000 rounds" to prove his point.

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