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Pentagon Shooting Suspect Dead; Web Postings Surface

The man who authorities say opened fire outside the Pentagon last evening is dead.

John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., died last night from head wounds he received when he exchanged fire with Pentagon police officers.

The two officers wounded in the incident have both been released from a local hospital.

Meanwhile, as in the case of the man who guided a single-engine airplane into a federal office building in Austin last month, Web postings are part of the story. As MSNBC writes:

"In an Internet posting, a user by the name JPatrickBedell wrote that he was 'determined to see that justice is served' in the death of Marine Col. James Sabow, who was found dead in the back yard of his California home in 1991. The death was ruled a suicide but the case has long been the source of theories of a cover-up.

"The user named JPatrickBedell wrote the Sabow case was 'a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions.' "

At the Pentagon this morning, Police Chief Richard Keevil said Bedell was carrying two 9 millimeter semiautomatic weapons and several magazines of ammunition. The exchange of fire lasted less than a minute, Keevil said.

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Update at 8:10 a.m. ET: Keevil told reporters this morning that three security officers fired their weapons at Bedell. He also reported that Bedell may have said something to the officers before the exchange of fire.