The suspect in a triple murder in Riverside, who was shot and killed by deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division Friday, has been recognized as a 28-year-old man who was employed with the Virginia State Police.
Authorities with the Riverside Police Division mentioned that round 11 a.m. on Nov. 25, officers had been dispatched to a welfare verify of a younger a lady who seemed to be in misery whereas getting right into a crimson Kia Soul with a person within the 11200 block of Worth Courtroom and leaving with him.
Whereas officers have been responding, studies of a hearth at a residence, just some homes away from the place the welfare-check name originated, got here in.
Crews with the Riverside Fireplace Division arrived to the scene and entered the house the place they found three grownup victims mendacity on the bottom within the entryway.
“Their our bodies have been pulled exterior the place it was decided they have been victims of an obvious murder,” officers with RPD mentioned in a information launch.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the younger girl was a young person who lived the place the home fireplace and the homicides occurred.
The person that she was with was later recognized as Austin Lee Edwards, a resident of North Chesterfield, Virginia.
“Data was associated to allied legislation enforcement businesses concerning the triple murder and Edwards,” police mentioned. “A number of hours later, he was found driving with the teenager by San Bernardino County…within the unincorporated space of Kelso.”
Police mentioned that Edwards fired pictures at deputies who returned fireplace, killing him. The 28-year-old was declared lifeless on the scene.
The teenage woman was unhurt and was later positioned into protecting custody of the Riverside County Division of Public and Social Providers.
“Detectives decided Edwards had met the feminine teenager by the widespread type of on-line deception generally known as ‘catfishing,’ the place somebody pretends to be a distinct individual than they really are,” authorities mentioned within the launch. “It’s believed Edwards had developed a web based relationship with the teenager and obtained her private data. He traveled from Virginia to Riverside the place he parked his automobile in a neighbor’s driveway and walked into the teenager’s residence.”
That’s when police say Edwards murdered the teenager’s grandfather, grandmother and mom.
“Detectives discovered Edwards had labored for the Virginia State Police till lately employed on the Washington County Sheriff’s workplace in Virginia,” the discharge famous.
The three victims have been recognized as 69-year-old Mark Winek, his 65-year-old spouse Sharie Winek and their daughter, 38-year-old Brooke Winek.
A GoFundMe marketing campaign has been began to assist with the funeral bills of the three victims and the continued help of two teenage women who misplaced their relations.
Authorities acknowledged the investigation was ongoing and that anybody with further or related data ought to contact the Riverside Police Division.
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