NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (AP) — A man shot to death four people, including his girlfriend and a child, then killed himself in a cemetery after authorities had surrounded him, police said.
Three of the people were shot in one home Friday, and another child who was there but not wounded ran next door after the shootings, telling neighbors that “Daddy’s dead,” relatives said. Police also said they heard yelling in a call from the home.
The gunman’s girlfriend was later found dead in his home in the town of Newton Falls, near the Pennsylvania state line, police said.
The adults who died had spent the Fourth of July together on a lake in northeast Ohio, a relative said.
Officers surrounded the man, Robert Brazzon, 55, of Newton Falls, in the back of a cemetery where he shot himself after a brief standoff, police said.
Newton Falls police said they were interviewing someone else in connection with the deaths.
The victims were identified as Tracey Engler, 38, the suspect’s girlfriend; and Rikki Cogley, 42, and his wife Kathy Cogley, 39. The name of the youngest victim was not released.
What led to the shootings was not clear, said Newton Falls police Chief John Kuivila.
Brazzon’s daughter Lisa, who also said she was Rikki Cogley’s niece, told the Tribune Chronicle of Warren that she found Engler’s body inside her father’s house.
“I can’t believe it,” she told the newspaper. “My whole family’s dead.”
The Cogleys’ 5-year-old son ran from their home and went next door to the home of his aunt, said Tina Brazzon, who is Lisa’s mother.
“He said, ‘Daddy’s dead, Daddy’s dead,'” Tina Brazzon told The (Youngstown) Vindicator.
Police were not releasing audio of the 911 call made from the home. The call was made by one of the victims, investigators said.
Newton Falls is about 40 miles southwest of Cleveland.
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