Followup on El Paso Veterans Clinic Shooting

On Jan 6, 2015, Dr Timothy Fjordback, a psychologist with the El Paso Area Veterans’ Health System, lost his life at the hands of a shooter who subsequently turned the gun on himself.

The victim:

Dr. Timothy Fjordback, 63, left a successful private practice in psychology after the 9/11 attacks to help soldiers returning from combat deployments.  Dr. Fjordback displayed great commitment to Veterans’ mental wellbeing.  He was licensed to practice psychology in several states and earned his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Denver.  At his practice in Macon, Ga., Dr. Fjorback specialized in neuropsychology, clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology.  During his career, he published several medical studies coauthored with his former wife, Bess Sirmon Fjordbak, who is the associate director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Concussion Management Clinic.

The shooter:

Jerry Serrato, who killed himself after shooting Dr Fjordback, had served in the active Army from 2006 to 2009.  He had deployment to Iraq in 2007.  He left the service in 2009 for medical reasons with an honorable discharge.  One of his neighbors reported last week that the shooter had anger issues and had hard time fitting into society.  Another neighbor said the shooter had told him that he had difficulty sleeping and would sometimes walk around his house at night carrying a gun.  Some reports indicate that the shooter may have been denied in his VA claim of Post Traumatic Stress.

The FBI led task force investigating Dr. Fjordback’s murder has not yet released an official motive.


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