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Police: Army Captain Wounds Two Pa. Officers, After Killing Four

August 28, 2011  | 

An Army captain who allegedly killed four people and wounded two officers in a shootout late Saturday was found dead Sunday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Leonard John Egland, who returned from his third tour of duty overseas a week ago, was found dead in a vacant lot near York and Almshouse Roads in Warwick Township at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday.

Egland is believed to have killed four people including his mother-in-law, former or estranged wife, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's young son. Authorities believe Egland, 37, killed the wife, boyfriend and boy in Virginia, before driving to Buckingham Township, Pa., where he killed the mother-in-law.

Egland then dropped his daughter off at a Quakerstown hospital and headed toward Doylestown, where officers spotted his black Dodge pickup truck and initiated a pursuit.

Egland fired at a Doylestown Borough officer and state trooper, causing injuries to both.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Ima Leprechaun @ 8/30/2011 5:11 PM

So sad. We have to do more for our veterans as they are coming unglued all too often. Doesn't the military help these guys anymore? This whole mess could have been avoided with proper mental health treatment for our veterans.

SWAN @ 8/31/2011 10:12 AM

The Army provides, at painful length to all returning veterans, counseling and other related post deployment services that are required in checklist format. However, no agency can predict or turn the tide of what their other half (in this case former spouse/family/boyfriend) has done during a deployment. There are very few jobs like the military, especially over the past ten years of multiple deployments for some, and that makes relationships between the military and spouses a very tenuous situation. Unfortunate? Yes. Avoidable? Maybe. Addressed by the military? Definitely.

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