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Mar 5, 2010 3:47 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Parents of Pentagon shooter warned authorities

A law enforcement official says the man killed in the shootout at the Pentagon had been acting erratically, and his family feared he had a gun.

The sheriff in San Benito County, California said that the parents of John Patrick Bedell reported him missing in early January and were worried about his mental stability. And after reading an e-mail from their son to an acquaintance, the parents told deputies they were worried that he had purchased a gun.

Sheriff Curtis Hill says Bedell has been on the department's radar since 2003, when deputies found him walking along the side of the road and took him to his parents' house. Hill says Bedell had been in mental health institutions at least four times.

Bedell was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire last night at an entrance to the Pentagon. Two Pentagon police officers suffered minor injuries.

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