Eric Jason Thatcher (5346)

4/22/2010: Family and friends noticed that Eric Jason Thatcher, 38, a former Nevada Highway Patrol trooper, seemed to be slipping deeper into depression and paranoia before he became involved in a shootout with Henderson police officers at his home. Thatcher's estranged wife called police after receiving a suicidal email from him saying, "I worked my (expletive) off to protect the public. It ruined my soul." When police arrived, Thatcher began shooting at officers. One SWAT officer returned fire twice, striking Thatcher in the shoulder. He later committed suicide.

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