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Neighbors say Nevada gunman had botched vasectomy

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada authorities say they're trying to determine whether a California man's anger over complications he suffered from a 2010 surgery prompted him to go on a shooting rampage at a urologist's office, killing one doctor and critically wounding another before committing suicide.

Reno detectives say they're working to obtain the medical records of 51-year-old Alan Oliver Frazier to learn more about his physical condition and mental health before the shooting.

Police Lt. William Rulla says Frazier made it clear in a suicide note he planned the attack at that specific physician's office.

Investigators have refused to specify the kind of surgery Frazier had or say whether those doctors were involved with the operation.

A couple who lived across the street from Frazier said he frequently complained about pain he suffered from what he claimed was a botched vasectomy.

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schlauger1 December 21 2013 at 12:38 PM

He sure didn't look like a womanizer. Fairly homely.

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rufus December 21 2013 at 12:37 PM

wonder if the same should be applied to politicians.

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realrambo December 21 2013 at 12:34 PM


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Tom December 21 2013 at 12:09 PM

Well I hope that this does not catch on because there have been alot of botched surgeries at what used to be considered very good hospitals. And yes there are still some excellent surgeons but some are just in it for the money and some hospitals push to get more patients through like an assembly line

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sprtfishr December 21 2013 at 12:54 PM

You just need to replace the word SOME with the word MOST and then your comment will be right on target !

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Sir December 21 2013 at 5:48 PM

Not only are patients put on assembly lines for operations. The insurance companies and hospitals are encouraged to draw in patients via the use of advertising with big dollar budgets that are folded into their cost structures as administrative costs. It allows the insurance companies to avoid or reduce patient rebates under the new accountability law. Once a urologist scheduled me for surgery but failed to book it on his calendar and refused to show up even after the hospital notified him I was preped and in the operating room. BCBS paid the hospital and also paid his surgical fee over my protests. He botched quite a few operations before a lawsuit wherein the judgement was sustained against him for about $3 million. He is still practicing!!!

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HANK December 21 2013 at 12:08 PM

I too had the same operation over thirty years ago with NO complications.....WOW I can see now that I was a lucky guy!!!!!

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emmett December 21 2013 at 12:05 PM

So many details are missing as to what exactly pushed him over the edge and if the doctors were remiss in trying to alleviate the pain he was experiencing .

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katydid579 December 21 2013 at 1:10 PM

Maybe it was those painful four hour erections you always hear about, but NEVER heard about anyone actually having one

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MyPavares December 21 2013 at 11:56 AM

I had same operation over 30 years ago. Doc didnt believe me about the pain. Also some other people didnt believe either. It is true that sometimes hurts. I got way better in the last 5 years.

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Janny09 December 21 2013 at 11:52 AM

If you have ever had a few bad incidents with Doctor's, the truth is that they do exist. Two days ago I had a Doc tell me at the ER that a blood pressure of 220/158 was no big deal but I am not stupid.
In Utah, a Doctor's license will be pulled only for "gross negligence" but there is a plastic surgeon in St. George who killed a woman with a morphine overdose and he is still practicing, no problem.
I'm not knocking all Doc's but if you have a problem with your surgery, keep complaining until it is corrected. This story gives very little information but no mention was made of existing mental problems with the shooter and if the investigators would release more information, maybe people would change their minds about being a copy cat.

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Hello Joe December 21 2013 at 12:08 PM

If a doctor makes a mistake and someone dies that is no reason to stop him from being a doctor, if he has a history or he did it inspite of what all around him were telling him then at that point he is guilty of something actionable but not for an honest mistake.

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GRAMPZ December 21 2013 at 2:31 PM

Hello Joe. Anything there??I think not.

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chas and dot December 21 2013 at 11:46 AM

. I had tremendous pain after my vasectomy 38 years age. Stay in bed, Ice down your nuts take it easy it all goes away in a little while, Never thought of killing anyone over the pain. How could they botch it? The tube they cut is real small and the incision is less than a quarter inch long. The neighbors said he complained about his vasectomy. I would guess he was fine from the vasectomy and his wife was smacking his balls with a wooden spoon every night while he slept causing him pain.

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aaldrew December 21 2013 at 11:40 AM

Good Lord he killed someone. No excuse for that.

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