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Tragic Police Pulled Over Loughner Before Shooting

Police Pulled Over Loughner Before Shooting

This makes it easy to think the whole tragedy could have been avoided, although really it sounds like it was just a routine traffic stop: Police pulled Jared Loughner over for running a red light just two-and-a-half hours before he shot Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others. His license and registration revealed no warrants, so he was allowed to leave with just a warning. β€œThe contact was very cordial,” said a law official. β€œMr. Loughner was very forthcoming with his license and registration and insurance. The officer did a visual examination of the vehicle. He had no probable cause to search the vehicle or detain the subject.” Loughner took a cab to the supermarket where he opened fire.

January 12, 2011 9:35 AM