Atlanta Bombings May be Tied to Police Shooting

Bomb components were found at the home of a man accused of shooting two police officers, leading a bombing task force to suggest the bombings of Olympic park, an Atlanta clinic and a gay nightclub may be linked to the same man. Officer John Sawa, 28, was fatally injured and Officer Patricia Cocciolone, 35, is in critical condition. Atlanta police arrested Gregory Paul Lewler on Monday on charges of murder and aggravated assault for the shooting death of one police officer and the wounding of another. They were at his apartment investigating a report that Lewler was beating his girlfriend. He held police at bay in a six-hour standoff, allegedly firing 16 shots at them. Explosive materials and stockpiled weapons were found in his apartment, along with militia manuals. Lewler resembles sketches of a man spotted at the clinic and nightclub before the bombings.


AP - October 15, 1997

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