HARDESTY, Okla. (AP) - Police in the Oklahoma Panhandle town of
Hardesty say a man suspected of killing his stepfather before
shooting himself was released from a mental hospital the day of the
Police Chief Don Brock says 24-year-old James Ray Clayton was
taken to Western State Psychiatric Center in Fort Supply for
"mental instability" on Dec. 28. Brock says Clayton was released
Dec. 30 and later that day shot and killed William "Clay"
Police say Clayton also shot at his mother before shooting
himself in the head. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.
Brock says he wants to know why Clayton was released from the
hospital after two days.
Hospital officials declined comment.
Hardesty is 20 miles east of Guymon.