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Mother of Tantalus shooting victim says son hinted at suicide

Martin Boegel Martin Boegel
Ute Boegel Ute Boegel
Tom Simon Tom Simon

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Martin Boegel's mother calls her 27-year-old son intelligent, religious, and emotionally disturbed.

"This whole anxiety, it escalated over the last couple of weeks or months," Ute Boegel said.

She said five months ago Martin stopped taking his medications for depression and anxiety.

"His medication would have been, that specific one, $90 or $80. I'm a retired person. He didn't have a job. We couldn't afford it," she said.

Boegel said her son hinted at suicide.

Witnesses said Sunday Martin Boegel was waving a gun on Tantalus Drive.

"Just as quick as he had turned it on us for a couple of seconds, then he pointed it at himself," Carolyn Carly said.

Boegel allegedly advanced toward an off-duty FBI agent. The agent shot him. Boegel was critically wounded.

"We expect that the US Attorney's office will be in a dialogue with our local Honolulu prosecutors to figure out what charges, if any, might make sense for this individual," FBI special agent Tom Simon said.

Last week, Boegel was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer at the University of Hawaii.

Ute Boegel said her son was active in his church and quick to offer help. But she said he was becoming increasingly agitated.

"I think he wanted somebody to shoot him so he's not guilty of killing himself. He was a spiritual person, very spiritual -- but ill," she said.

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