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Police knew of California gunman's videos, but did not view them

Published on May 30, 2014 1:15 PM
 
A students places a candle as students of UCSB and UCLA mourn at a candlelight vigil at UCLA for the victims of a killing rampage over the weekend near UCSB on May 26, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. Police officers who visited Elliot Rodger just weeks before he went on a shooting rampage that left six dead and more than a dozen injured knew of disturbing videos he posted online, but did not check them, officials said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SANTA BARBARA (REUTERS) - Police officers who visited Elliot Rodger just weeks before he went on a shooting rampage that left six dead and more than a dozen injured knew of disturbing videos he posted online, but did not check them, officials said on Thursday.

A new timeline released by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office shows police responded to a mental health welfare call phoned in by a county worker on April 30 and found a shy, timid but polite Rodger outside his apartment.

Four sheriffs' deputies, a University of California at Santa Barbara police officer and a dispatcher in training asked Rodger during the 10-minute encounter about disturbing videos he had posted online, but he said they were simply a way of expressing himself as he was having trouble fitting in socially.

"Sheriff's deputies concluded that Rodger was not an immediate threat to himself or others, and that they did not have cause to place him on an involuntary mental health hold, or to enter or search his residence," the sheriff's office said in the statement.

 
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