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Guardsman kills 2 people, self in northern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An Army National Guardsman left a suicide note in his northern Utah home before killing a college student and one other person early Monday, then fatally shooting himself at another home, authorities said.

Jared Tolman, 23, wrote that he was sorry, and that what he was about to do was selfish, said Logan Police Lt. Rod Peterson.

He is reported to have sent a series of unanswered text messages to Mackenzie Madden before he kicked down the door of her apartment two blocks from Utah State University shortly after midnight.

He then fired an assault rifle multiple times at Madden and a 25-year-old man, both people he knew, police said.

Madden, 19, was a sociology major at the university in Logan, a city of about 48,000 people 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Officers responding to 911 calls found her and Johnathon Jacob Sadler dead inside the unit.

It's unclear if Tolman knew beforehand that Sadler was in Madden's home, Peterson said.

The gunman then went to another apartment a few miles away, authorities said, to look for a man he believed was involved with Madden. But the man was not home because he was staying with family.

At that point, "Tolman turned the gun on himself," Peterson said.

Two other people were in that apartment at the time and called 911.

Investigators found the suicide note Monday. In it, Tolman imparted his belongings to his parents.

Phone messages left by The Associated Press with a household in Washington state believed to belong to Tolman's family were not immediately returned.

Police said the relationship between Tolman and Madden was unclear. No motive was released, and investigators gave no further details about the text messages he sent her.

Tolman graduated from Utah State University in May with a degree in political science, university spokesman Tim Vitale said.

He joined the National Guard in 2009, guard spokesman Steven Fairbourn said. He was assigned to a support battalion for the 19th Special Forces Unit, where his chief duty was handling laundry.

Tolman had no history of disciplinary issues, Fairbourn said.

Logan police said the same gun was used in all three shootings Monday. They did not confirm whether Tolman owned the assault rifle, but said it was not a government-issued weapon.

Madden was registered for classes this fall and was set to graduate in December, Vitale said.

She interned with Logan police in fall 2013, where she compiled research on active shooter situations, Lt. Brad Franke said.

"She wanted to save the world. I'm personally just shocked and saddened by this terrible loss," he said. "She was a great kid."

Sadler had no relation to the school.

The university functioned as normal Monday, Vitale said.

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wes July 15 2014 at 1:01 PM

Been in the national gaurd for years, DEFINATLY A GOVERNMENT ISSUED M4 THAT HE USED. I have one, and the rest of us gaurdsmen have one in our homes. do the gun control people understand WHY law abiding citizens need to keep there guns? enough said

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Mike July 15 2014 at 1:52 PM

Mormons and guns are never a good idea.

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Mark Mike July 15 2014 at 3:37 PM

Don't be such an Idiot

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cbrown6120 Mike July 15 2014 at 5:52 PM

The Mormons once fought a war requiring the U.S. Army to called in.

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LewTag July 15 2014 at 10:48 AM

Possibly another mental case undiagnosed and untreated....so it will go on until civil rights of the insane trump public safety....just like the right to drive drunk and kill people in cars...get it???....all in god's will of course...ergo theofatalism...look it up...www.theofatalism.org

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telvis LewTag July 15 2014 at 11:33 AM

Right to drive drunk?????Driving is not a right. "Possibly another mental case undiagnosed and untreated" Probably a love story gone bad. God does not control people. That's why we have free will.

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Dave telvis July 15 2014 at 7:28 PM

And laws. But they flaunt those laws. Cars serve a purpose. Take us from point A to point B. Guns have one purpose. To kill things. Nothing else.

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jimmy July 15 2014 at 12:08 PM

Take the guns away from the mentally ill.....not law abiding citizens !!

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wclark3350 jimmy July 15 2014 at 12:49 PM

Better background checks...and less convenient access to firearms. How many "law-abiding" citizens have flipped out and killed in the past year?

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rolnutz wclark3350 July 15 2014 at 11:31 PM

No "law abiding" citizens have killed anyone. There is a law against murder,and when you break that law, you are not law abiding.

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aangelu697 July 15 2014 at 1:40 PM

Need more guns

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madddddddddddddd July 15 2014 at 7:44 PM

another mean guyyyyyyyyyyyyy

i am so sick of mean guys,, they r such cowards

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eeverettm July 16 2014 at 12:22 AM

Can't blame it all on Florida. Now it's Mormon Utah going postal.

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Welcome King July 15 2014 at 11:44 PM

RIP battle

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supermolar July 15 2014 at 3:12 PM

I am starting to think that maybe I would not want the Guard to help me in an emergency

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ooo-b-doo July 16 2014 at 3:38 AM

Another rejected control freak with an assault weapon.

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