Police Arrest Suspect in Murder of Abortion Doc
Obama 'shocked and outraged' by killing
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2009 3:02 PM CDT
Richard Mahoney stops to pray during Operation Rescue's 77-hour "Pray In May" at the Women's Health Care Services, a clinic operated by George Tiller in Wichita, Kan., Thursday, May 17, 2007.   (AP Photo/Larry W. Smith)
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(Newser) – Police in Wichita, Kan., have arrested a 51-year-old male suspect in the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, who was gunned down today as he walked into church, the Wichita Eagle reports. Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred did not name the suspect but did say other agencies, including the FBI, are assisting on the case. Tiller, 67, was famous nationwide as a target of pro-life demonstrations and attacks.

One of the few doctors in the country who provide late-term abortions, Tiller was killed around 10am at Wichita’s Reformation Lutheran Church, where he was a congregation member. He had also been shot and wounded in 1993. Demonstrators blockaded his clinic during 1991’s “Summer of Mercy,” and just this month vandals attacked his practice, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Tiller has also faced many lawsuits and complaints, including one still pending.