Colorado middle school shooter heard voices, was placed on mental health hold

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 12, 2010 2:57 pm

The man who shot students at Colorado’s Deer Creek Middle School on February 23rd, injuring two children (one critically), was apparently hearing voices when he decided to open fire.

In 2002, Bruco “Bo” Strong Eagle Eastwood was put on a mental health hold by the Littleton Police Department because he said he was hearing voices coming from a Nielsen television box that had been installed in his apartment. That box was removed after his placement in the hospital, however, Eastwood claims the same voices were with him when the shooting occurred last month.

Also telling of his mental instability is the fact that Jefferson County Sheriff’s Investigator Richard Creswell Gove said that during the interview with Eastwood, the suspect continually made gestures as if he were trying to remove or pick things off his skin. Eastwood claimed he was “trying to remove what he called transforming forces from his body”.

As a consequence of last month’s shooting, Eastwood critically wounded 14-year-old Matthew Thieu, who suffered rib and lung injuries in the shooting. He also wounded a second student, 13-year-old Reagan Weber, who was shot in her right arm. Both are fine now.

No clear motive has been deduced for this shooting, however Eastwood’s father, War Eagle Eastwood admitted in an interview that Bruco had been upset with himself because he had been unable to pass a GED test in order to go into military service. He said Bruco had many anger issues and other problems in his past.

Eastwood is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on April 6. Eastwood, 32, faces charges of attempted murder and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.