Wife Of Wounded CA Customs Agent Linked To Suspect

Published February 10, 2012 12:09AM (EST)

NEWARK, Calif. (AP) — A suspect in the shooting of a customs agent taught at the same school for aspiring opticians that the victim's wife graduated from less than a year ago, according to the school's owner.

The wife of victim Robert Suplik met suspect Dennis Bagwell while she was completing a four-month program, Daniel Ross, the owner of Bay Area Optical Schools in Union City, told the San Francisco Chronicle ( ).

Ross, however, said he had no reason to believe the three were involved in a love triangle and had no idea what led to the shooting.

Police haven't established a motive for the attack.

"I have an idea and we have theories, but we don't know why it occurred," Newark police Sgt. Mike Carroll told the newspaper.

Bagwell, 61, was arraigned Thursday but did not enter a plea to charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Fremont Argus ( ). The hearing came two days after authorities say he shot and wounded the agent outside Suplik's home in Newark,

Suplik, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent assigned to San Francisco International Airport, was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. His condition was "very serious," Newark Police Cmdr. Tom Milner told The Associated Press.

Bagwell was arrested during a traffic stop hours after Tuesday's shooting.

Bagwell worked as a property manager at an Oakland apartment complex, where residents said he handled maintenance problems promptly and talked about owning guns he used for pheasant hunting.

"He's actually a very, very nice guy," said Ramzi Faraj, who owns the complex. "He's very reliable, he's dependable. Everybody likes him."


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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