A Marine veteran who identified himself as a “survivalist” experiencing divine illusions told police he didn’t know the four members of his family who had brutally killed him over the weekend, giving him a three-month-old baby. I admitted that I shot. According to court documents, “sick.”
The suspect, 33-year-old Brian Riley of Brandon, Florida, was ordered to be detained unsecured during his first appearance on Monday. According to the judge, he will seek his own lawyer and will be appointed as a lawyer until he can secure his own lawyer. AP..
Riley allegedly told authorities that stimulants were high when he killed four people, including a camouflaged mother, in two homes on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida, on Sunday morning. He was sent by God. He also shot and killed his family dog.
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“When I see someone calculating very ruthlessly, they shoot a mother clinging to a three-month-old baby, kill the baby, shoot a pet dog. This man is ruthlessly calculating with murder. “I will,” Sheriff Grady Judd, Pork County, said at a press conference on Sunday.
According to Judd, in the bloody aftermath, Riley told investigators, “They begged for their lives and I killed them anyway.”
“This guy is physically evil,” he said.
When asked why he killed a three-month-old baby, Riley simply said: I want to confess it all and send it to jail. ” Washington post..
According to the affidavit, in a police interview, Riley also said he had set fire to a nearby vehicle as an “exit strategy.”
Riley, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was booked in Pork County Prison and is currently involved in four one-time murders, seven law enforcement officers’ one-time attempted murders, animal atrocities, and shootings at buildings. FacingArson, and robbery, sheriff’s office Written on twitter..
The 11-year-old girl, who was shot at least seven times, is expected to be taken to Tampa General Hospital where she will recover, Judd said.
According to a local retailer, Riley first approached Judge Gleason on Saturday night when Gleason was mowing the lawn outside his home. After first leaving the premises, Riley returned a few hours later and killed Gleason, a 33-year-old mother and her boy, and a baby’s 62-year-old grandmother at a nearby home. Judd said the other victims were “related” to Gleason, but refused to give further details.
Riley told Gleason that God had called on him to stop the girl who claimed to be the daughter of Gleason’s name “Amber” from committing suicide. Sheriffs said witnesses reported that Gleason and another victim had told Riley to leave, saying that no one had gone by that name. Shortly after Riley claimed he was a “God cop,” Gleason called law enforcement, Judd said.
He had returned home when authorities went looking for Riley, but reportedly returned with a car equipped with armor and supplies for the shootout.
After a phone call about the shooting early Monday morning, law enforcement agencies returned to the scene and saw Riley, who initially appeared unarmed, returned home with the victims.
Riley, who had multiple firearms and hidden weapons licenses, then exchanged gunfights with authorities during standoffs, Judd said.
According to sheriffs, Riley called herself a “survivalist,” lining up glow sticks on the path to the house and blocking the entrance as a detour tactic. As authorities circled the back of the house, Judd said Riley was ready for battle with head and knee protection and bulletproof vests. Sheriff said Riley raised her hand and surrendered once he was shot after firing at the authorities.
While being treated for an injury at a local trauma center, Riley jumped at some point and tried to grab a Lakeland police officer’s pistol. The policeman had to fight him in the emergency room, Judd said.
Riley’s girlfriend for about four years told investigators that she was “regretted and shocked” and that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder but was not violent. According to Judd, she recently told him that her boyfriend could talk to God directly and that God would collect supplies, including a $ 1,000 worth of cigars, as a “relief gift” for the victims of the hurricane “Aida.” He told investigators that he had repeatedly insisted on her that he had advised her.
Judd said Riley was likely suffering from mental health problems and had virtually no criminal record after spending four years in the corps and another three years in the reserve.
“This man was a war hero before this morning. He fought for his country in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Judd said. “He was a decorated military veteran, and this morning he is a cold, calculated murderer.”
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