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McVeigh envisioned dying in shootout

April 6, 2001

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— A psychiatrist who examined Timothy McVeigh said Thursday that McVeigh thought he might die in a shootout with police instead of surviving for years in custody after the Oklahoma City bombing.

Dr. John Smith, who had been hired for McVeigh's defense, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he was chilled by "the coldness, the almost glee with which he told me the details of the bombing, the preparation for the bombing, the expectation that at least 400 people would be killed."

Smith spoke to the program with McVeigh's permission, ABC said. McVeigh is scheduled to be executed next month for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building that killed 168 people.

He was asked what were McVeigh's plans if he wasn't caught. McVeigh was taken into custody in a traffic stop a few hours after the bombing.

Smith said McVeigh planned on "getting some supplies and some ammunition and disappearing into the woods or wilderness somewhere, letting the federal government chase him and having a shootout with them."

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