After eight hour long siege, the gunman who was involved in a tense standoff with police and SWAT officers, was finally arrested. He is reportedly wanted in five murders over the last 48 hours.
The 45-year old man, George Brinkman, was reportedly taken into custody at 5.30 a.m. on Tuesday by police. The man who killed a mother and her two grown up daughters had reportedly barricaded himself inside a Brunswick, Ohio home during eight-hour siege. Thankfully, the woman in whose house the man had barricaded remained unharmed and was allowed to leave by the gunman, who at one point told the police officials that he wanted to kill himself with the semi-automatic gun that he had in his possession.
Three woman, Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer were found murdered in their North Royalton, Ohio home Sunday. The three were found dead in their bed as if they were sleeping. Initially police officials said that the three were shot dead, but later reports claimed that Suzanne Taylor was brutally murdered with knife.
In the meantime, reports suggest that the gunman is also being questioned about two more murders including those of Gene John, 71 and his wife Bobbi, 64. The two were discovered murdered at their Lake Township, OH, home.
Some reports suggested that George Brinkman had been a Facebook friend of Suzanne Taylor and her daughters and two unrelated grandparents near his home.
A report in the Daily Mail claims that Brinkman was confronted and subdued with a Taser by SWAT officers at 5.30 a.m. after they gained entry through an unlocked door to the Brunswick house where he had barricaded himself…Moments later a shirtless Brinkman, who had been seen brandishing a handgun, was led away by police on foot from the home and then taken to hospital for evaluation.
Later, talking to the media, Brunswick Police Lt. Robert Safran said, “That was some good work by our tactical officers”.
Reports suggest that the gunman has past criminal records, but only of forgery and theft and not of murder. He was first arrested in September 1998 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and was charged with receiving stolen property and the unauthorized access of a computer system.
Locals claim that the three women were seen alive till Saturday evening. The mother and her two grown up daughters were reportedly discovered inside Taylor’s 11489 Ridge Road home on Sunday after they were discovered by Taylor Pifer’s boyfriend, who called Suzanne Taylor’s boyfriend, who then called 911, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The elderly woman’s boyfriend in the 911 call said, “My girlfriend’s daughter’s boyfriend is in the house…They didn’t answer the door. He picked the lock and went in and he said the bedroom door was closed and he opened the door and he said, ‘There’s a body in here.’” He went on to add, “He called me earlier and said, ‘Hey, something’s wrong, because all the cars are here and the door is locked and I don’t hear the dog.”
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