Mother Fears Agents Will Shoot Abortion Clinic Bombing Suspect

<i> From Associated Press</i>

Eric Rudolph’s mother says she is worried the accused abortion clinic bomber may be shot on sight by federal agents searching for him in the woods of western North Carolina, a statement issued on her behalf said Saturday.

Patricia Rudolph “wants to communicate that she is deeply concerned for the safety of Eric as well as the safety of the officers and agents conducting the search,” said the statement released by Asheville attorney David Payne.

“In addition, Mrs. Rudolph wants her son to know many believe he is innocent of the charged offense.”

Payne, who said he represents Patricia Rudolph, did not return a call left at his law office seeking further comment. She lives near Tampa, Fla.


Rudolph, 31, is charged in the abortion clinic bombing Jan. 29 in Birmingham, Ala., that killed an off-duty policeman and wounded a nurse. He is also sought for questioning in three Atlanta-area bombings, including the 1996 Olympics blast that killed one person and injured more than 100 others.