Former US Army Sniper Bryan Riley, kills four, including baby, in Florida
33-year-old Bryan Riley, a former sniper in the US military shot and killed four people, including a three-month-old baby boy and his mother before surrendering to police in central Florida, repost says.
Riley also injured an 11-year-old girl who underwent surgery for seven gunshot injuries, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news conference Sunday.
Judd added that, “Riley, had no connection to the victims, but engaged in an intense shoot-out with police before giving up. He later tried to grab a police officer’s gun while being treated in the hospital for his own gunshot wound, before being subdued again.”
According to sources, Riley was a veteran of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also worked as a bodyguard and security guard.
Judd said Riley’s girlfriend told detectives that “he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and occasional depression,” adding about a week ago his mental health worsened and he started “speaking with God”.
“He said at one point to our detectives, ‘They begged for their lives and I killed them anyway,” Judd added.
According to reports, Riley first appeared at the house where the shooting occurred on Saturday night, making irrelevant statements, but left by the time police arrival.
“He returned early Sunday, killing a 40-year-old man, and the 33-year-old mother and her baby, Judd said. In the home next door, he also killed the 62-year-old mother of the woman, In addition to that, if he’s not evil enough, he shot and killed the family dog,” Judd stated.
Deputies responding to reports of shooting and on arrival, the suspect Riley, unarmed outside, wearing camouflage and body armor, Riley then went back inside and “we heard another sound, and a woman scream, and a baby whimper”, Judd said.
Gunshots were heard before he came out unarmed and was arrested.
Judd added in the press conference, “It would have been nice if he would have come out with a gun … We would have shot him up a lot. But he didn’t because he was a coward, when someone chooses to give up, we take them into custody peacefully.”