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Seattle Shooting Suspect Had Mental Health Evaluations; Says He's Sorry

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Pete Caw is the assistant police chief in the suburb of Mountlake Terrace, where the suspect, Aaron Ybarra, lives. He said Friday that officers encountered Ybarra in 2010 and 2012. Pete Caw is the assistant police chief in the suburb of Mountlake Terrace, where the suspect, Aaron Ybarra, lives. He said Friday that officers encountered Ybarra in 2010 and 2012.
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SEATTLE, Wash. -

Police say the suspect in a shooting at a small Seattle university was hospitalized twice in recent years for mental health evaluations.

Pete Caw is the assistant police chief in the suburb of Mountlake Terrace, where the suspect, Aaron Ybarra, lives. He said Friday that officers encountered Ybarra in 2010 and 2012.

Caw says both times, Ybarra was severely intoxicated and taken to Swedish Hospital in Edmonds for evaluation. In the October 2012 incident, police found him lying in a roadway.

Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say another student pepper-sprayed and tackled him.

The 26-year-old Ybarra has been booked for investigation of homicide and is scheduled to make a court appearance Friday afternoon.

The attorney for Ybarra says her client told her he was sorry for the suffering he has caused.

Public defender Ramona Brandes also said Ybarra is on suicide watch at the jail. Brandes says she'll be exploring those mental-health issues as she moves forward with his case.

Brandes says Ybarra wants to apologize for the "suffering he has caused."

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