Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Marine with untreated PTSD shot neighbors TV?

Alleged shooter of TV is veteran with PTSD, prosecutors say
Herald Washington
By Scott North
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Darrington man, a former Marine, appears to be struggling with mental health issues.
EVERETT — A Darrington man appears to have been wrestling with mental challenges and substance abuse before he allegedly forced his way into his neighbors’ home March 19 and shot a big-screen television.

Lance “Doug” Cochran, 36, was the man in the mask who broke into a house in the 6200 block of 473rd Drive NE and opened fire, deputy prosecutor Andrew Alsdorf said in Snohomish County Superior Court documents. Cochran is now charged with second-degree assault and first-degree burglary, both felonies.

Cochran served in the Marine Corps from 1999 through 2008. He’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder for two years but has not sought treatment, Alsdorf wrote.

The defendant’s family and friends say he became unstable and violent after a death in his family and an unwelcome job reassignment. He stopped going to work, “drank beer all day long” and used methamphetamine with a neighbor.
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