Authorities said the man fatally shot four children and then himself late Monday in Orlando, Florida, ending a 21-hour standoff that began after the man shot and killed a police officer who answered a call about domestic violence.
The man, 35-year-old Gary Lindsay Jr., was found dead in the closet around 9:00 pm. after the authorities entered the apartment where he was squatting with children 1, 6, 10 and 11 years old.
Two of the children belonged to Mr. Lindsay and the other two belonged to someone else, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference late Monday, without specifying who. He said it was unclear when the children were killed, but added that when the police tried to provide Mr. Lindsey with a phone to better communicate with him, they learned that at least one child was dead.
“It was then that we decided to begin our plans to move in and try to save the rest of the children,” Chief Mina said, adding that the episode “has a very tragic and sad end.”
“We care with all our hearts for the families of these four children,” continued Chief Mina.
The episode began around 11:45 pm. Sunday as Orlando cops answered the call at a residential complex just two miles north of Universal Studios Florida. Authorities said the woman contacted police officers from elsewhere and told them that her boyfriend, Mr. Lindsay, had beaten her up after an argument.
When the officers confronted Mr. Lindsay, he opened fire, hitting Officer Kevin Valencia, who was, in Chief Mean’s words, “very serious and significant injury.” At least one officer returned fire.
As of early Tuesday, Officer Valencia, who has been in the department since 2016 and in his 20s, remained in critical condition, according to Chief Mina.
Then Mr. Lindsay barricaded himself in his apartment with his four children.
Over the next 21 hours, the authorities called on Mr. Lindsey to release the children. The negotiators spoke to him several times throughout the confrontation and contacted him at about 20:30. on Monday, shortly before the special forces entered the apartment.
Public records show that Mr. Lindsay has been arrested on multiple occasions over the past 15 years, with criminal records in at least two Florida counties. In 2007, he was convicted of petty theft, and in 2009 he did not refer to charges of arson and an attempt to escape from the police. In 2012, he was arrested again in Orange County on three charges: probation violation, assault with deadly weapons, and aggravated assault in cases of domestic violence.