Guard investigating how Bristol shooter enlisted

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee National Guard is investigating how a guardsman who shot and killed four people then killed himself enlisted with a federal criminal record.

Police say 26-year-old Rusty L. Rumley was upset over his break up with a girlfriend and shot four people at her family's apartment building in Bristol last week. He was found dead shortly after with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Guard officials say they are investigating how his two-year sentence in 2002 on a charge of conspiracy to sell stolen firearms wasn't discovered when he enlisted last October.

The Guard usually uses a federal criminal background check for recruits without any previous military experience. But only a statewide check is done for recruits with a military background.

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