Oct. 13, 2009
By KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
On the night of his shooting spree, Joseph Patrick Lamoureux was on at least 14 different drugs, including anxiety pills, steroids and anti-depressants that Veterans Affairs doctors had prescribed for combat stress and respiratory problems.
When a detective read the charges against him more than 12 hours after the early morning spree, the soldier slumped over and cried.
"Pat did not have a clue what happened," his wife, Sue, said Friday.
The drugs are listed and the incident with the detective is described in a 14-page Nye County sheriff's report released this month, more than a year after the Sept. 19, 2008, shooting spree at Terrible's Lakeside RV Park and Casino in Pahrump.
Sue Lamoureux has said her husband snapped, distraught over the loss of a fellow soldier and as a result of nightmarish flashbacks of a suicide bomber attack.
His attorneys contend the drugs intended to ease his pain affected his ability to reason, causing him to spiral out of control. His is among four recent cases in Southern Nevada involving veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and committed violent acts.
The spree left Lamoureux and Deputy Eric Murphy with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Both were airlifted for treatment 60 miles east to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
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