Should In. Man Who Killed Cop Have Been Committed?


A psychiatrist said that seven months before Kenneth Anderson’s deadly rampage through an Indianapolis neighborhood, two hospitals made inadequate assessments of the risk he posed. The Indianapolis Star says city-employed Dr. Steven Fekete concluded that had he been Anderson’s physician, he would have sought to have him committed after his bizarre behavior landed him in two area hospitals in January. Fekete examined Anderson’s records as part of a city report on events leading to the shooting spree that killed Anderson’s mother and an Indianapolis policeman on Aug. 18. Police shot and killed Anderson, ending the spree.

Under a court-ordered temporary commitment that Fekete believes was appropriate, Anderson could have been forced to receive mental health care for up to 90 days. While much of that likely would have been provided on an outpatient basis, Anderson would have been subjected to scrutiny by mental health professionals to ensure he was taking his psychiatric drugs and otherwise adhering to treatment. Valle Vista Hospital would have no comment on Anderson’s treatment. “The privacy laws just don’t allow us,” a spokesperson said.


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