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Soldier with PTSD killed in SWAT team standoff told to wait 30 days for Veterans Affairs care

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Iraq War veteran Issac Sims was killed Sunday by Kansas City, Mo., police after a standoff at his family home. Sims suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and been told he could not get care from the local Veterans Administration center for another 30 days.

Sims, 26, had gotten into an argument with his father Sunday and reportedly fired off a gun multiple times inside and outside the home. Police responded to reports of the shooting and subsequently called in the SWAT team. When Sims emerged from the house 5 hours later with a rifle, he was shot dead. Officers stated he pointed the gun at them.

The soldier, who served tours in Iraq during from 2008 through 2010, had sought care at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center for his PTSD. Parents Adrian and Patricia Sims had been told by the center that Sims would have to wait 30 days for bed space, according to the Kansas City Star.

Treatment for Sims had actually been court-ordered. He pleaded guilty last month to domestic assault and had been put on two years probation.

The medical center issued the following statement after the shooting: "We are aware of this tragic situation and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this very difficult time. We are unable to comment on an ongoing police investigation or on care provided to a particular veteran."

Sims' neighbor and friend Rick Jackson told the Kansas City Star: "All he needed was help. He didn’t need to die."

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