The Latest: Gunman's mother believes he suffered from PTSD

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Posted: Jul 21, 2016 5:58 PM
The Latest: Gunman's mother believes he suffered from PTSD

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the gunman who killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on Sunday (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The mother of the Iraq war veteran who shot and killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge says she believes her son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he once said he thought the CIA was following him.

Gavin Long's mother, Corine Woodley, told PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley on Thursday that her son would "pretty much lose it" and become furious every time he heard about a black man being shot by police in what he considered an unlawful manner.

She says he would tell her, "Somebody has to do something."

Smiley taped his interview of Woodley in Los Angeles. Woodley brought a letter to the studio from the Department of Veterans Affairs denying her son's request for treatment of PTSD in 2013 on grounds that the disorder wasn't related to his military service.

Police gunned down Long, a 29-year-old former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri, after he shot and killed three officers and wounded three others during a shootout Sunday.

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2:42 p.m.

The man who killed three Louisiana law enforcement officers purportedly described his actions as a "necessary evil" in a self-described manifesto an Ohio musician says was emailed to him by the gunman less than an hour before the shootings.

The three-page handwritten letter was signed by "Cosmo" — an alias used by Baton Rouge gunman Gavin Long — and photographs of it were attached to an email sent from an address Long used.

In it, Long said he expected people who knew him wouldn't believe he would commit "such horrendous acts of violence." But he wrote that he viewed his actions as necessary to "create substantial change within America's police force and judicial system."

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter from Yarima Karama, an Ohio man who said he didn't know Long personally.