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Three dead in US abortion clinic siege

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 00:48

A police officer and two civilians have been killed during an armed siege at a birth control clinic in Colorado. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Police arrested a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured, authorities said. One police officer and two civilians were killed, Colorado Springs police told reporters about an hour after the suspect had been captured. The dead officer was identified as Garrett Swasey, 44, a campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs who joined city police in responding to the first reports of shots fired, authorities said. The nine wounded - five police officers and four civilians - were said to be in good condition at local hospitals. The suspect first engaged in a protracted gun battle with police but ultimately surrendered to officers inside the building about five hours after the start of the violence. Police declined to discuss the gunman's motivations but the president of the Rocky Mountains chapter of Planned Parenthood, Vicki Cowart, suggested a climate of rancour surrounding abortion in the United States sets the stage for such violence.

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Three dead in US abortion clinic siege

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 00:48