Six people were killed, including a Skagit County, Wa., sheriff’s deputy, in a shooting rampage apparently ignited by a man police had previously identified as mentally disturbed, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The mother of suspect, Isaac Zamora, 28, said her son had a history of mental illness that had gone untreated despite the family’s efforts. Zamora has been in nearly constant trouble with the law since the late 1990s. He has numerous misdemeanor convictions for a variety of charges, including drug possession and petty theft. He was released from jail Aug. 6 on a drug conviction.
Gov. Chris Gregoire directed State Patrol Chief John Batiste to assist local law enforcement in the investigation. An independent review will be conducted into the criminal history and supervision of Zamora, who was under Department of Corrections supervision for three weeks. “I am calling for an independent, third-party review led by Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs President Colleen Wilson, and a prosecutor to be appointed by the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys,” Gregoire said.