Ivins mental health deteriorated as he feared he would be indicted. This was most notable when he lashed out during a group therapy session in July 2008 that he planned to obtain a gun and kill people before the police would shoot him down. After this incident Ivins was involuntarily sent to a psychiatric ward. "Dr. Ivins' mental health professionals likely prevented a mass shooting and fulfillment of his promise to go out in a 'blaze of glory.'"
Two days after being released from the psychiatric evaluation, Ivins took a deadly overdose of acetaminophen and sedatives and died. Although there have been many questions about the attacks and the FBI's investigation, the report released Wednesday may provide more answers to families and individuals impacted by the deadly attacks and supports the Justice Department's conclusion that Ivins was responsible and may have acted alone.