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Missouri man injured in shootout with police after killing girlfriend, her children and her mother, authorities say

A Missouri man killed her girlfriend, her children and her mother, authorities said Saturday.
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A St. Louis-area man killed his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother Saturday for the exchange of gunfire with the police and being shot himself, authorities said.

Richard Darren Emery, St. Charles, Mo., is charged with a litany of crimes, including first degree murder, assault and attempted theft.

He was in a hospital Saturday with two gunshot wounds that authorities said it was most likely the result of a shootout with the police.

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Prosecutors said that the police received a call late Friday night about a shooting in a house that Emery, 46, shared with the victims. Prosecutor Tim Lohmar said officers found the three victims inside: Zoe Hives, 8; and her brother, Jonathan Cupboards, 10; and their grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61.

“During that phone call, the 911 operator heard gunshots in the background,” St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison said.

A 39-year-old woman found alive in the bedroom was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, but she died. Her name was not released, but the authorities said that the children of the mother.

During a press conference, Lohmar said the researchers do not have a motive for the murder.

“We may never know,” he said. “This was particularly the worst example of a domestic violence case. When you have a domestic violence case you were worried about the safety of the victim, and this would be your worst nightmare.”

After the recording, the Emery tried to flee in his pick-up truck, but was stopped by the police, leading to an exchange of gunfire. He fled on foot and tried unsuccessfully to carjack a woman, who her several times in the process. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

The police eventually arrested Emery for a few hours later, when he sought shelter in the toilet of a supermarket. A store employee called the police.

He faces up to 30 years in prison for each of the charges against him.

Lohmar said that adding more charges and seeking the death penalty are possibilities.

“It is premature for us to make any sort of judgment on that right now, but I can tell you that this thing looks and smells like a death penalty case,” he said.

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