Almost 24 hours per day stand-off in Orlando ends in a tragedy
Four children dead, police officer fights injured after Florida man barricaded himself in his apartment.
A Florida man who held his four children hostage, then murdered them all before you get the gun on himself, had previously threatened the children of the mother with a knife and had a history of violence and arrests dating back at least ten years, reports said.
Gary Lindsey, Jr. was found dead, along with four children — Dove, 1, Aidan, 6, Lillia, 10, and Irayan, 12 — on the Monday after almost 24 hours per day stand-off at apartment near Universal Studios, police said. Lindsey, who was the father of Deaf and Aidan, had barricaded himself after shooting of Orlando police officer Kevin Alencia late Sunday morning.
Gary Lindsey, 35, killed four young children he held hostage before committing suicide on Monday evening after a confrontation with the authorities, police said. (Volusia County Branch Jail)
Details of Lindsey’s violence and abuse in the past days after Monday’s “unspeakable horror.”
In April 2012 incident, Lindsey had dragged the children of the mother by the neck and threatened her with a knife when the woman was with Aidan, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The couple were arguing over taking their son to the doctor.
FLORIDA GUNMAN KILLS 4 CHILDREN IN THE HOSTAGE STAND-OFF BEFORE THE GUN ON HIMSELF, POLICE SAY
Dove, 1, Aidan, 6, Lillia, 10, and Irayan, 12 were shot and killed by Lindsey on Monday.
Lindsey was on probation at the time of Sunday’s incident after pleading no contest to multiple charges, including domestic battery and arson, the case in 2008, the report stated. The 2008 incident involved a past lover, and began with a verbal argument that led to Lindsey destroying the woman electronics. He told her to leave the house because it would be “serious”.
The 35-year-old was also sentenced to probation in 2010 after pleading guilty in an arson case the year before. He violated his probation in February 2011. The years up to and including Monday, followed by other probation violations, spend time in jail, and later released only to be arrested again for grand theft, according to the report.
On Tuesday, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to cover the funeral costs for the four children, said the mother was in a state of shock. A friend of the family said the money will also be used to help the mother go out of the house where the deadly shooting occurred.
“Everyone loved the children and the fact that they were lost, as this is just incomprehensible,” attorney and friend of the family Walter Benenati said.
An Orlando police officer was also shot by Lindsey, while the authorities were responding to a domestic violence call that turned into a hostage situation. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Benenati said the oldest hostage, Irayan, loved video games and was an overachiever in school. He added that Lillia was a huge Disney fan and the 10-year-old enjoyed with her friends. Aidan had a dinosaur obsession and 22-month-old Pigeon took to walk, ” he said.
The hostage situation began when a woman told the police that she was attacked by Lindsey in the Westbook Apartments.
Lindsey had two rifles, two shotguns and a pistol, which the police believe were left up to the convicted felon by his father.
Orlando police chief John Mina told reporters that Lindsey never made any threats to the children. Police officers also never really heard of the children speak, while the negotiations with Lindsey.
“He never made any threats to the children. In this kind of situations, that is our biggest concern,” Mina said. “We never want to do anything that will lead to the suspect.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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