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Sheriff’s Deputies Knew About UCSB Shooter’s Videos During Welfare Check

The welfare check came after Elliot Rodger's mother and therapist had expressed concern

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff admits deputies who checked on Elliot Rodger less than a month before his Isla Vista rampage knew about disturbing videos he posted online. However, they did not watch the videos.

In Rogers’ manifesto he described the incident when the police came to check on him,”I tactfully told [the police] that it was all a misunderstanding, and they finally left. If they had demanded to search my room…that would have ended everything. For a few horrible seconds I thought it was all over.”

After the welfare check, deputies decided that he was shy and not a danger to himself.


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