Authorities were stunned after hearing the declaration of a Florida deputy officer who has reported his horrific crime in which he killed three relatives including a child, the deputy then killed himself near a high school Wednesday morning.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said a woman and a child were killed at one home, a woman was killed at another home and the deputy shot himself outside Plant City High School in front of three other deputies who had arrived at the scene.
Chronister said during a news conference the deputy came on the department’s main radio channel to say he’d harmed his family. He also told deputies he was going to kill himself near the high school and officers were sent to the scene.
The deputy’s final radio transmissions made reference to emotional and financial issues, the sheriff said.
“We’re not exactly certain what that means,” Chronister said. “That will be part of the investigation.”
Names of the victims and the deputy weren’t immediately released and the incident was still under investigation.