‘Catfishing’ Virginia cop used a service weapon to kill himself

The Virginia sheriff’s deputy who killed three members of the family of a Riverside teenager he allegedly “took care of” used his service weapon to fatally shoot himself on the finish of a chase with legislation enforcement, authorities stated Friday.

Austin Lee Edwards28, a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace, had “aniko fished” the 15-year-old womanposing as another person to type an exploitative relationship together with her on-line, investigators stated.

Final month, Edwards made the cross-country drive from Virginia and arrived on the Riverside house the place he killed Mark Winek, 69; his spouse, Sharie Winek, 65; and their daughter Brooke Winek, 38, on Nov. 25 earlier than setting the house on fireplace and leaving with Brooke Winek’s 15-year-old daughter.

Hours after he fled the scene, Edwards’ car was noticed almost 200 miles away in a distant a part of San Bernardino County.

A SWAT crew tried to cease the car, however Edwards led police on a pursuit throughout which he reportedly fired on the SWAT car, hanging it a number of instances.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division initially stated the pursuit ended when Edwards was shot by deputies after veering off the highway and abandoning the car. The woman was bodily unhurt.

Final week, nonetheless, sheriff’s officers stated Edwards’ reason for dying was decided to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Detectives decided that the firearm used was Edwards’ department-issued semi-automatic service pistol,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division stated Friday in an e-mail to The Instances.

In the course of the incident, Edwards was employed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Division for lower than 2 weeks. He had beforehand had a brief stint with Virginia state police earlier than resigning on October 28.

It’s nonetheless unclear how lengthy Edwards and the woman have been in touch.

The deaths of the three folks on the Riverside house are nonetheless underneath investigation.

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