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TV station drama ends in shootout

James J lee died believing he tried to save Planet Earth from its death. He was killed on the outskirts of Washington on Wednesday as he tried to make his point with the help of two backpacks packed with explosives, a handgun, and a history of grievances against Discovery Channel.

world Updated: Sep 03, 2010 02:28 IST
Yashwant Raj

James J lee died believing he tried to save Planet Earth from its death. He was killed on the outskirts of Washington on Wednesday as he tried to make his point with the help of two backpacks packed with explosives, a handgun, and a history of grievances against Discovery Channel.

At around 1 in the afternoon, Lee walked into the Silver Spring head office of Discovery Channel wearing explosives around his chest and some in the two backpacks be was lugging at some discomfort.

Lee was protesting, for the last time, it turned out.

Lee had been judicially restrained for his previous protests at the Discovery office downtown Silver Spring, a Washington suburb.

Lee was hit by at least two rounds by officers who had set up inside the building, according to a law enforcement source quote by The Washington Post, which said, "It is unclear how many officers fired their weapons."

He was holding three hostages.

Discovery Channel spokesman David Leavy said company officials were familiar with Lee, who had protested at the network in 2008, but the company "did not take his threats or demands seriously." He then wrote he had a grudge with Discovery because they ignored his ideas for a TV show. At that protest, Lee was fined $500 for throwing money into the air and being arrested at the demonstration..

Lee was linked to a manifesto that was posted on the internet, CNN said citing a source close to the investigation.

The angry 1,149-word manifesto said in part, "Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture."

"Focus must be given on (sic) how people can live without giving birth to more filthy human children since those new additions continue pollution and are pollution."

The writer demanded that the Discovery Channel broadcast daily prime-time shows devoted to "solutions to save the planet," perhaps in a game-show format, insisting, "Make it interesting so people watch and apply solutions!!!!"