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Trying to do and the sheriff joins me now sheriff thank you for waiting.
I'm sure that emotional interview with little Christine -- father John.
And I'm sure it's just one of many had encounters that you've heard with parents and with loved ones of the victims of this tragedy.
And I appreciate you giving us your time -- -- a very very busy day for you as well and for your investigators.
I wanna start with you and on the on the indictment on the criminal complaint that they just made public against this -- locker talking about.
A possible assassination attempt and the letter.
That was found inside the safe in his room can you tell us anything about that specific letter share.
Yes I can it was a letter.
And I'm just gonna do it in generalities where -- -- and he indicated that he was going to kill that -- -- It's clear -- you that you can't get real difference was his target for whatever reason.
There there's no doubt about it we've done -- -- investigation.
In conjunction with the FBI that there's no doubt on our mind that this is an act of the single.
Very troubled individual.
Sheriff why -- I mean I I I almost feel silly asking the question you know because.
As I said who can who can explain the mind of somebody like this.
But was -- something about congresswoman Giffords as far as your investigation shows that that set him off.
There are for -- all whole lot of people in this country that are very angry at the politics.
Of people like Gabrielle.
-- there was all lot of the vitriolic.
Statements made night and day on radio and TV about her support of health care.
About her support of some of the other things and some of the vitriol all.
Got very very.
A lot of people agitated.
But you took the words out of my mouth you know you're talking about irrational behavior here and there's no way that I know of that you can rationalize -- rational behavior.
Right and I want to ask you about that is that something you've mentioned the past couple of days.
And I just want to ask you whether there's anything you uncovered in your investigation so far that suggests this suspected killer.
Was listening to radio or watching television and and in any way inspired by what he heard or saw.
Well I know I know that there had been some contact with Gabriel -- -- -- the past we have there's a matter of fact a letter from her.
That was dated in 2007.
Quarter I don't know what prompted that particular letter but she had agreed.
And invited him to a similar event back in 2007.
So there is some history.
Right she he would according to the criminal complaint he had showed he had shown up -- whenever congress on the corners.
And then there was a letter following up I guess and in response to that there -- some correspondence that it but.
When I'm wondering is.
In do you have reason to believe that this particular suspected killer was who was taking in information there was in any way influenced.
By that didn't the vitriol of the rhetoric that you're referring to that you know has gotten out on the airwaves.
If your question their specific guy guy have to be specific and say.
I don't have that information yet the investigation is very and it's very initial phases but my belief.
And I've been watching -- what's been going on in this country for the last 75 years that I've been a police officer for over fifty years.
There's no doubt in my mind that when the a number of people night and day try to inflame the public that there's going to be some consequences from doing that and I think it's irresponsible to do them.
Is that the -- just didn't something and being very -- that that's just your speculation and it's not anything that fact based at this point.
That that's that's my opinion period.
And you know we've had some some people question whether.
That is something.
You should be sharing now because.
Tempers are already inflamed people are upset about what's happened.
The grieving families are still mourning the bodies have yet to be buried in -- is at the time really to be injecting speculative opinion.
Like that into this case by somebody like yourself the sheriff.
Well I think difference of opinion is that is what makes the world go round and round but I think it's irresponsible for us not at some point.
-- to do to address.
This kind of behavior.
And try to put a stop to that there's no doubt in my mind that there are consequences to this kind of behavior when when people.
Allegedly credible people who get up and then infrared cameras and then microphones.
And say things that are not true.
And try to inflame the public.
When millions of dollars are filtered into this country to buy very vitriolic ads and they don't have to be identified.
-- the countries that they're coming from -- the people who are donating them I think it's time that we take a look at -- they think.
Free speech is free speech but -- it's not without consequences.
And with respect sheriff I know that you are you're a Democrat he ran for office -- a Democrat and and I just want to press you on that a little because I'm sure some of our viewers.
Are asking themselves why you are putting it a political spin on this when -- when they may be asking why you the sheriff.
Are just focused on the facts uncovering the fax.
Well I think that it's more than just the political spam I'm not sure that it really has anything to do with politics.
They -- all I grew up in a country that was totally different from the country that we have today.
We didn't have this kind of nonsense going on than it used to be that politicians from different parties could sit down.
Forget about their ideology.
And work on the country's problems we don't see that happening today as a matter of fact -- -- just the opposite.
We see one party trying to block the attempts of another party to make this a better country and I think that it's time that we as a as a country need to look into our souls and -- say is what we're doing.
Really in the best interest in this country or is there something better that we can do.
That's a fair point -- separate and apart from what we saw in Arizona yesterday evening you can make the argument that we just need to come together as a country.
But I think you you know the people are looking at what happened in Tucson and and what you seem to be telling us what the feds seem to be telling us is we're dealing with and I don't use this term legally -- an actress -- about how this is gonna plead out night in a courtroom.
-- some sort of mad men you know just like we've had in the past that.
And that the assassination of Robert Kennedy assassination of John F.
Kennedy -- the assassination of Martin Luther king and you refer to a time gone by.
There were mad men then there are mad men now.
And it just you know it is it is it really the place of -- sheriff to stir the pot on either side of the political Lyle.
Well I guess that's for the listeners to this.
That's fair enough sir I appreciate that a dancer.
But let let me let me question you about.
In particular this third person who you talked about today the press conference a woman.
A female hero who we didn't hear about yesterday we heard about two gentlemen who who had succeeded in taking down this gunman.
But today he revealed that actually there was a woman who was the first one to approach the gunman.
And maybe you could just walk our viewers through what we know about her -- what she did.
This is one of the most heroic acts I've ever seen I know that most of us took -- One a -- when I was a young guy.
Then we we're introduced a fighter flight when confronted with something extremely.
Com and I wonder what each of us would do in that circumstance I suppose most of us who looked at this.
Decided the same thing this lady was standing in line to have her picture taken.
With Gabrielle went all hell broke lose.
And for whatever reason she decided something had to be done she came out of the line then went and tackled the magazine and the guns that this guy was holding.
He had just simply to magazine of the holding 31 rounds and was trying to insert another magazine.
Streaming might have saved many many lives at that point two gentlemen came in jumped on him and -- it.
How old -- she share for how -- -- I don't know the answer I just got the information on who she was that I didn't see the age.
And I know that you said earlier of what she attempted to take -- magazines had to bring this shooter down and she did get injured -- she got shot in the process do we know what her.
Well of that information that we put out yesterday and turned out to be erroneous she was not infection.
So she's okay.
And -- -- very grateful have you spoken with -- -- -- -- -- I had been asked the FBI spoken with -- I'm just trying to get a feel for.
Her eyewitness account of how that went down.
Well I can tell you is that our department has spoken to -- and that information will be available to the press tomorrow.
And you know I sure as you're speaking my apologies my producer tells me in my ear that her name actually just was it.
Saying that it's Patricia -- -- ME IS CH.
That she -- -- she was the one written reading different headline grabbing the magazine in a firearm that.
That that is the name of the person just -- it just want to run that -- -- whether you can confirm that we just got that independently.
Noah is as a matter fact I can confirm that because I -- just I heard that myself.
You can bet that -- the name of the woman I can I can confirm that it was that lady yes incredible and -- again this is as we now know her identity can assure me anything about her her age you're.
Her background at all I don't have any other information but that -- -- managed.
Wonder where mismanaged an incredible story an inspirational one that's one piece of this.
Tragedy we can feel good about your I want to ask you.
-- now about this the suspects mental health history because.
US suggested yesterday that there -- ulyetza petty any drug arrest drug paraphernalia arrests but then.
There was talk about hate about this -- -- lost -- having threatened.
It's threatened to kill.
Somebody not get real -- you said but somebody can share with us any details on that threat.
Well Megan if you were my lawyer you would probably tell me not to answer that question that I have been told by.
Not to address that -- -- at the moment -- -- it was it in -- pastor was it recent.
Okay and it wasn't something that that Arizona had that the pima county sheriff's department looked into -- was at a federal matter.
It would it was not this department.
And was it do you know -- there was resolved to the satisfaction of the investigators you know this guy isn't a threat or this guy is a threat they had an open file on him.
I'm not sure I understand your question Megan was it resolved.
It was that was that investigation brought to a close in other words you do you know whatever conclusion was.
Was reached as to whether you he posed a danger or did not pose a danger.
Which individual -- -- talking about I'm talking about the suspect here -- it wasn't he the one who made the threats a couple of years below oil made the threats to kill.
He is the one movement from I don't know if the law enforcement agencies were aware -- that are not.
Okay and I want to ask you also about.
The surveillance video as.
At the Safeway you you've released one picture of the man who initially was deemed a person of interest now you say he's no longer -- she's a taxi cab driver who.
Just kind of went into the safe way to get change so we don't need to worry about him is my understanding anymore.
But about the surveillance videos that are in and around the Safeway how important are those going to be in this investigation -- Well I'm not at liberty due to talk about those now we don't have any in our custody but.
We're not at liberty to talk about the videos that maybe intensity OK but but before I let you go you believe you had.
You believe you -- you man and he's the only man you're looking after that.
That is correct.
And he is in custody federal custody right now 11 final question -- he's still not talking right.
He is still not talking and I think he's probably and Phoenix being arraigned because.
Of the fact that the -- federal judge in Tucson was shot then so all the judges have been excuse to recuse.
That makes cents -- share giving thank you so much for being here -- we appreciate it sir.
Thank you good luck to you.
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