ST. JOHNS, Ariz. —Over the past three weeks, an escaped Arizona prisoner and his girlfriend bedeviled the hundreds of lawmen hunting them across the desolate highways and thick forests of the West.
There would be sightings of John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch. One in Montana. Another as far away as Arkansas. And then sometimes nothing.
Until Thursday, when an alert forest ranger's tip led police right to them. The self-styled "Bonnie and Clyde" offered little resistance. A few threats. No shootout. They didn't even try to run.
When a SWAT team descended on the campsite at dusk, Welch reached for a weapon but dropped it when she realized she was outgunned, police said. McCluskey told officers that he regretted not shooting them with the gun he had in a nearby tent.
Fort Hood shooting revealed lapses
WASHINGTON — The November 2009 shootings of more than 40 people by an Army psychiatrist at Fort Hood, Texas, revealed a wide range of security lapses at U.S. military bases, including a failure to consider the possibility that a threat might come from an "insider," according to a Pentagon report released Friday.
The 23-page document makes 47 different recommendations on how to improve security in the aftermath of the attack, which left 13 people dead.
The report provides scant information, however, on how the security lapses contributed to the Fort Hood shootings. Pentagon officials continue to refuse to release the actual report of an independent panel into the shootings.