Father of Santa Barbara killer hopes report prevents tragedy

Feb 19, 2015 5:43 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The father of a troubled man who killed six University of California, Santa Barbara, students last year says he hopes newly released findings by sheriff's officials help avoid future tragedies.

Peter Rodger says he hasn't read through the entire 64-page report released by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, but he says in a statement he has "nothing but respect" for how investigators did their jobs and treated his family after his 22-year-old son Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree in Isla Vista. The young man killed six people and injuring 14 others before fatally shooting himself.

Sheriff Bill Brown says the findings showed Rodger suffered "significant mental illness" and he hopes its review by mental health professionals and the FBI's Behavior Research and Instruction Unit will help improve intervention and treatment.

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