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Police defend actions following California college town killings

Published on May 27, 2014 10:17 AM
 
A University of California, Santa Barbara graduate student lays flowers at a makeshift memorial in front of the Alpha Phi sorority house where two women were killed. Police in the California community where a man killed six college students said they had no grounds to search the 22-year-old suspect's home when they met with him in April. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SANTA BARBARA, California (REUTERS) - Police in the California community where a man killed six college students said they had no grounds to search the 22-year-old suspect's home when they met with him in April over a report that he had posted disturbing videos.

The disclosure that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department sent deputies to Elliot Rodger's door just weeks before Friday night's shooting rampage has raised questions about whether police could have done more to prevent the attack.

Rodger's mother asked deputies on April 30 to check on him at his apartment in the town of Isla Vista, near the University of California at Santa Barbara, after she saw videos he had posted on the Internet that she found disturbing.

Recounting that visit in a 140-page manifesto he sent to friends and relatives shortly before the shooting began, Rodger, the son of a Hollywood film director, said that if the seven deputies at his door had searched his room, they would have found the firearms he had hidden there and denied him the chance to carry out his violent plans.

 
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