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Saturday, January 11, 2014

FBI and ATF standoff with Gulf War Veteran "driven over the edge"

PTSD Could Be a Cause Behind The Alleged Flour Bluff Attack
KRISTV 6 News
by Caroline Flores
Posted: Jan 10, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - Bond has been set at $60,000 for the gulf war veteran who was arrested yesterday for attacking his roommate. 49-year old David Michael McDonald was arrested yesterday morning at his home on Bramling Court.

CCPD, ATF, and FBI agents showed up at his home after the victim claimed McDonald had weapons and explosives inside. Officers searched his home and found several weapons, but no explosives.

Yesterday, friends of Mcdonald told us the army veteran suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Today, a local doctor agreed PTSD could have been the reason behind the alleged assault.

Neighbors of McDonald describe him as the type of person who kept to himself. They say he seemed to always be in a state of paranoia or delusion.

"There used to be a big RV right there. And, uh, he would literally be on top of the RV and he would have a flashlight and a cell phone talking to no one," said neighbor Justin Wojciechowski.

One local doctor says this type of behavior is a sign of PTSD. In McDonald's case, while we may not know what led up to the alleged assault.

One doctor has an idea of what's going on.

"That has driven him to the edge. They can endure to some extent but if it goes beyond a certain edge, then they lose control," said Dr. Umamaheswara Maruvada with the South Texas Psychiatric Associates.
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