Crime & Justice

Rancho Tehama shooter committed suicide

Law enforcement officers stand near one of many crime scenes after a shooting on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California. Four people were killed and nearly a dozen were wounded when a gunman went on a rampage at multiple locations.
Law enforcement officers stand near one of many crime scenes after a shooting on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California. Four people were killed and nearly a dozen were wounded when a gunman went on a rampage at multiple locations.
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Authorities now say a gunman who killed five people in rural Northern California community didn't die from a police bullet.

In a final report Friday, the Tehama County Sheriff's Department said an autopsy determined 44-year-old Kevin Neal shot himself in the head in his car after police forced it off a road.

FBI agents are seen behind yellow crime scene tape outside Rancho Tehama Elementary School after a shooting in the morning on November 14, 2017.
FBI agents are seen behind yellow crime scene tape outside Rancho Tehama Elementary School after a shooting in the morning on November 14, 2017.
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Police say Neal killed his wife on Nov. 13 and then went on a shooting rampage in Rancho Tehama Reserve the next day that included firing at an elementary school. He killed four others, including two neighbors, and wounded eight people including a 6-year-old boy.

Authorities said neighbors had repeatedly complained about Neal firing hundreds of rounds from his house and engaging in other erratic and violent behavior.

Family members say he suffered from delusions and mental problems.

Law enforcement officers stand near one of many crime scenes after a shooting on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California. Four people were killed and nearly a dozen were wounded when a gunman went on a rampage at multiple locations.
Law enforcement officers stand near one of many crime scenes after a shooting on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California. Four people were killed and nearly a dozen were wounded when a gunman went on a rampage at multiple locations.
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