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EX-AIRMAN WHO KILLED 4 BOOTED OUT OF A.F. DUE TO PERSONALITY DISORDER

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A discharged airman who went on a shooting rampage at his former base couldn't get along with co-workers and was forced out of the military because of a personality disorder, authorities said.

Dean A. Mellberg killed four people and wounded 23 before being shot dead outside the hospital at Fairchild Air Force Base.His mother said he had been harassed by co-workers.

"They put out rumors he was gay. They stole chairs from inside his room . . . they flattened the tires on his bike," Lois Mellberg of Lansing, Mich., said in Tuesday's Seattle Times.

Mellberg, 20, received an honorable discharge in May after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

On June 3, Mellberg told a Lack-land psychiatrist that he was going to Alaska to start a new life, base spokesman Bob MacNaugh-ton told the San Antonio Express-News.

Mellberg conflicted with co-workers in Fairchild's airplane maintenance department and with his dormitory roommate, said Fairchild base commander Col. William Brooks. He would not comment on Lois Mellberg's statements.

"He was discharged because of a personality disorder that interfered with his ability to get along with others and an inability to do his work," Brooks said.