Authorities: Ala. Gunman Had Trained To Be A Cop

SAMSON, AL — Authorities say an Alabama gunman who killed 10 people and himself in a rampage had once trained as a police officer.

Alabama Bureau of Investigation Chief Jerry Connor said at a news conference Wednesday that 28-year-old Michael McLendon briefly went through officer training in 2003, but didn’t complete the requirements to join the force.

Investigators still aren’t sure what led McLendon to go on a shooting spree Tuesday afternoon in south Alabama. The spree lasted only about an hour, and by the time it was over, his grandmother, uncle, mother and a cousin were among the victims.

A sausage manufacturer and distributor located about 25 miles away from where the shootings happened said McLendon had been working there since 2007, but quit last Wednesday.