Planned Parenthood suspect wore home-made vest

Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 15:17:56-04

The man accused of a deadly shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs last November wore a home-made protective vest and said he hoped aborted fetuses would meet him in heaven to thank him.

Robert Dear is charged with 179 counts including murder, attempted murder and assault for the Nov. 27 shooting that left three people dead and nine injured.

Dear is accused of killing University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer Garrett Swasey and two other people at the clinic. One of the civilian victims was identified as Jennifer Markovsky, 36. Family members said Markovsky had accompanied a friend to the clinic. The other victim was identified as Ke'Arre Stewart, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and the father of two children.

All 15 clinic employees survived.

Dear told police he told one of the victims she "shouldn't have come here today" before shooting her, according to the arrest affidavit.

In the search warrants obtained Monday by Denver7, Dear told police he wore a home-made protective vest that was created with silver coins and duct tape.  He was armed with four rifles and propane tanks which he planned to blow up.

Dear also admitted he called the clinic to get directions before the attack.

The documents show Dear shot three victims in the parking lot of Planned Parenthood including Jennifer Markovsky and Ke'Arre Stewart. UCCS officer, Garrett Swasey, was the first officer on scene and immediately came under fire.

At approximately 11:46 a.m., the first CSPD Officer reported being shot.  At approximately 11:51 a.m., Dear was seen entering the building with numerous black bags and something over his shoulder.  At 12:06 p.m. tactical responders from CSPD and EPSO responded to the scene and just a minute later one member of the team reported being shot.

When CSPD and EPSO team members attempted to enter the building, three of them were shot and wounded.

As Dear was put into a police car after his arrest, he began yelling about the killing of babies, witnesses said. He later told investigators he went to that Planned Parenthood because he was upset they performed abortions and sold baby parts.  He also said he hoped aborted fetuses would meet him at the gates of heaven and thank him for what he did, according to the arrest affidavit.

The attack was not Dear's first.  Documents show he super glued the door locks at an abortion clinic in South Carolina and had a long fascination with Paul Hill, a former minister who was put to death in 2003 for killing a Florida abortion provider and his bodyguard.

The paperwork released Monday including the search warrant for Dear's car. It said officers found two rifles, two pistols, one shotgun, a bible, knives, a hatchet, metal stars, ammo and other items.

After outbursts in court, including that he wanted to fire his public defenders and represent himself, Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez ordered a mental exam for Dear.

Read the arrest warrant here.


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