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New Details Paint Suicidal Portrait Of Cupertino Gunman

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SWAT officers patrol a Sunnyvale neighborhood during the search for the gunman in the Cupertino cement plant shooting, October 6, 2011. Inset: Shareef Allman. (Cupertino PD/CBS)

SWAT officers patrol a Sunnyvale neighborhood during the search for the gunman in the Cupertino cement plant shooting, October 6, 2011. Inset: Shareef Allman. (Cupertino PD/CBS)

SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — The gunman in the Cupertino quarry shooting rampage made suicidal comments and brandished a handgun before the deputies opened fire, according to the lawyer for the deputies. Meanwhile, new details emerged from investigators and people who knew the gunman, 47-year-old Shareef Allman.

According to Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, shortly after Allman left the shooting scene at a the Lehigh Southwest Cement plant, he used a company-issued radio, walkie- talkie to taunt his victims and other co-workers.

Investigators paraphrased what he said, which was to the effect of  “I see you. I’m watching you. I’m going to come back and finish you off,” said Cardoza.

Sheriff’s deputies believe Allman had strategically placed an assault rifle under a dumpster near an Arco gas station and another assault rifle across the street in parking lot, with 2 bags packed with ammo, to prepare for a final shootout-type scene, according to Cardoza.

A close friend of Allman also said he showed off an assault rifle over the weekend and said he would use it at work.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

Officials said three deputies were on routine patrol Thursday morning in Sunnyvale when they spotted the man believed to be Shareef Allman crouching behind a car.

Terry Bowman, who represents Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies Fabian De Santiago, Christopher Hilt and Lindsay Crist, said that when they confronted him, the man uttered the words “kill me” before raising the hand in which he held a gun.

Authorities had been hunting for the 47-year-old Allman since Wednesday, when he allegedly opened fire at a workplace meeting, killing three colleagues and wounding six.

Bowman said all three deputies are cooperating with the investigation.

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