On June 20, 1994, former Airman Dean Mellberg opened fire at the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital, killing four people and wounding 23 before being shot dead by Air Force security officer Andy Brown. This gallery contains photos of the day, the community mourning and the wounded victims' recovery. Coming Sunday: Jim Camden talks with Andy Brown, the man who stopped Mellberg, about his struggles since the day of the shootings.
A psychotic gunman made Andy Brown into a hero 16 years ago. He became a legend, the guy who made “the shot” that stopped Dean Mellberg’s murderous rampage through the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital complex on June 20, 1994. Brown got a medal and a move to Hawaii.
The mentally disturbed airman who went on a shooting spree at the Fairchild hospital complex in June may have been kept in uniform for two years by unclear military regulations, even though several doctors said he should be forced out.
For almost two years, Dean Mellberg fought to stay in the Air Force.
Capt. Alan London’s life came full circle on Monday when the psychologist died in a burst of gunfire at Fairchild Air Force Base, where he was born 40 years ago.
Spokane’s most secure, controlled community turned into a war zone Monday afternoon when a man armed with an assault weapon opened fire in the Fairchild Air Force Base hospital.
The man suspected of killing four people in the Fairchild shooting spree was kicked out of the Air Force a month ago, his mother said.