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Amy Bishop Attempts Suicide After Learning of Murder Charge in Brother's Death, Say Sources

This police booking photograph released by the Huntsville (Ala.) Police Dept., on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, shows college professor Amy Bishop, charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. (AP Photo/Huntsville Police Dept.) Anonymous

Amy Bishop (AP Photo/Huntsville Police Dept.)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (CBS/WHNT) Two days after learning of her indictment in the 1986 shooting death of her brother, accused University of Alabama shooter Amy Bishop attempted suicide, reports CBS affiliate WHNT.

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Multiple sources tell the affiliate that Bishop attempted to kill herself sometime Friday morning, at the Huntsville/Madison County Metro jail, where she was being held on charges related to her alleged February shooting rampage at the University of Alabama.

Bishop was reportedly rushed to Huntsville Hospital, where she was treated for injuries relating to her suicide attempt.

The sources say that Bishop survived the attempt, and is currently back in jail.

It had always been known that Bishop shot her 18-year-old brother in 1986 in their family's home in Braintree, Mass., a Boston suburb, but the shooting had originally been ruled an accident.

The case was recently reopened following the University of Alabama shooting, and prosecutors now say that police never told the district attorney's office that after she shot her brother, she tried to commandeer a getaway car at gunpoint, and that she refused to drop her gun until officers repeatedly ordered her to do so.

Bishop's mother, Judith Bishop, was the only eyewitness to the shooting, and told police at the time that the gun accidentally went off when Amy was trying to unload her father's shotgun.

Retired Braintree police chief John Polio has said he was not sure why prosecutors had never received the reports in the case, and there was not a cover-up.

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