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Parents of Columbine Gunman Talk

October 27, 1999

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) _ After months of refusing to talk to investigators, the parents of Columbine High School gunman Eric Harris met with authorities, authorities said Tuesday.

Wayne and Katherine Harris and their lawyers met with Jefferson County Sheriff John Stone, District Attorney Dave Thomas and sheriff’s investigators on Monday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

``The Harrises answered detectives’ questions and all parties anticipate that future meetings will take place,″ the sheriff’s department said in a statement. ``No further details about any of the meetings will be made available, including time, date, place and content.″

A phone call made after business hours Tuesday to one of the Harrises’ attorneys, Ben Colkitt, was not returned.

Eric Harris, along with Dylan Klebold, killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 23 others before killing themselves on April 20.

One obstacle to the Harrises talking to investigators was a request for immunity that was dropped weeks ago, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis.

Tom and Sue Klebold, the parents of the other gunman, have met with investigators at least twice, Davis said.

``The whole idea with interviewing the Klebolds and the Harrises is just to find out more about their two sons,″ Davis said. ``We’re trying to find out what they did, who they spent their time with ...″

The Harrises were questioned as the sheriff’s office assembles the final details of a voluminous report on the worst school shooting in the nation’s history. Davis did not say when that report will be issued.

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