Deranged Gunman Shot and Killed at Discovery Channel’s Headquarters

09/02/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Silver Springs, MD—A man who had previously been banned from the Discovery Channel headquarters walked up to the building “waving a hand gun” with explosive devices attached to him. The armed suspected took three hostages before he was fatally shot on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, as reported by USA Today.

The suspect, identified as James Lee, 43, was “wearing what appeared to be metallic canister devices” when he walked into Discovery Channel headquarters’ lobby in Washington, D.C. at around 1 p.m.

Lee took three male hostages, including one security guard, while inside the building. Police officials were able to keep an eye on the gunman through the building security cameras as they negotiated by phone for several hours.

When Lee turned the gun on his hostages, police officers opened fire. When police began firing at the suspect at 4:48 p.m., an explosive device that he was wearing detonated. Officials don’t know whether the gunshot or the explosion killed Lee. The hostages escaped unharmed.

Lee apparently has a history of protesting the Discovery Channel because he believes the television network’s programming promotes overpopulation. The Associated Press reported that Lee’s MySpace page demands that Discovery Channel and its affiliates stop “encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants” and air “programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility.”

Lee was arrested in February 2008 and was convicted of disorderly conduct while at a protest that the Discovery Channel’s headquarters. Lee was given 10 days in jail and was ordered to stay 500 feet from the building. Lee’s restriction ended two days ago.

The building, where 1,900 people work, was evacuated while police searched the building for more explosive devices. The explosive devices were kept in two backpacks and boxes that Lee had brought with him.

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