Dyersburg Gunman Had History of Legal, Mental Problems

September 25, 2003 - Posted at: 5:28 p.m. CDT

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- The gunman who held a class hostage at Dyersburg State Community College before police shot him was scheduled to appear in court the next day.

Records show Harold Kilpatrick, Jr.'s death ended a series of brushes with the law in Obion County and Shelby counties.

In July 2002, three adults and four children were in a car Kilpatrick forced off a road in Memphis.  The car hit a tree, and all the occupants of the car were injured.

Police say Kilpatrick pulled his live-in girlfriend, Jamaica Lemons, from the car and assaulted her.

Lemons told police she had tried to leave Kilpatrick and he threatened her with a knife and her son with a hammer.

Kilpatrick held at least 13 people hostage all day on September 17th before police shot and killed him after he fired a pistol in the classroom.

Two students were shot at the conclusion of the stand-off have been released from hospitals.  Authorities are investigating whether the students were shot by Kilpatrick or hit by police fire.

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