The Latest: Texas gunman was violent in psychiatric facility

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, law enforcement officials process the crime scene from Saturday's shooting which ended with the shooter, Seth Ator, being shot dead by police in a stolen mail van, right, in Odessa, Texas. The mass shooting in West Texas spread terror over more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) as Ator, fired from behind the wheel of a car. Ator zigzagged through Midland and Odessa, two closely intertwined cities now brought closer by tragedy. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Crime scene tape surrounds the home of Seth Aaron Ator, the alleged gunman in a West Texas rampage Saturday, on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, near Odessa, Texas. Officers killed 36-year-old Ator on Saturday outside a busy Odessa movie theater after a spate of violence that spanned 10 miles (16 kilometers), killing multiple people and injuring around two dozen others. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
A man visits Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa, Texas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, walking by the seven Texas flags that represent the seven killed in a recent shooting in the Odessa and Midland area. (Ben Powell/Odessa American via AP)
This undated photo provided by the City of Odessa via FBI shows Seth Aaron Ator. The gunman in a West Texas rampage "was on a long spiral of going down" and had been fired from his oil services job the morning he killed seven people, calling 911 both before and after the shooting began, authorities said Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (City of Odessa/FBI via AP)

DALLAS — The Latest on the man authorities say opened fire in West Texas over Labor Day weekend (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Police say the gunman who killed seven people in West Texas last month was destructive and violent while hospitalized at a psychiatric facility nearly two decades ago.

Waco Assistant Chief Robert Lanning said Wednesday that Seth Ator was being treated in July 2001 at an in-patient facility in the city, about 105 miles (169 kilometers) south of Dallas.

Lanning says Ator tore the ceiling in his room down, broke a chair, punched a hole in a wall and was so threatening some staff locked themselves in a nursing station.

Ator was later locked in a "seclusion room." Lanning says when security went into the room Ator approached them holding a piece of pipe he'd pried from the toilet, and they pepper sprayed him.

Lanning says his statements are based on a police report from the incident. The Associated Press has filed a public records request for the report.

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9:00 p.m.

Arrest reports say the gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was arrested in 2001 for trying to break into a woman's bedroom after threatening to kill her brother. Hospital staff later determined Seth Ator had "suicidal tendencies."

McLennan County Sheriff's Office records show Ator jumped from a second-floor window to avoid authorities the day after the attempted break-in in the Waco suburb of Lorena. The Associated Press obtained the reports through a public records request.

Ator eventually pleaded guilty to evading arrest and criminal trespass.

It is unclear whether the 2001 events have any bearing on the mass shooting that stretched 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Midland to Odessa. It is also unknown whether his hospitalization affected a federal background check that a law enforcement official said blocked Ator from buying a gun in 2014 because of a "mental health issue."

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