Monday, 18 November, 2019

Missouri man in custody after killing spree

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorneys Office  APRichard Darren Emery St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorneys Office APRichard Darren Emery
Deanna Wagner | 01 January, 2019, 02:48

In a quadruple murder that "looks and smells like a death penalty case", Missouri police have charged a man in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend, her mother, and her two children.

He exchanged gunfire with officers as he tried to drive away and fled on foot. Charles city police officers got to the home, still draped with Christmas lights, there was little they could do.

Emery is now facing 15 charges, including first-degree murder.

Emery remained in a local hospital with two gunshot wounds that authorities said did not appear self-inflicted and most likely came from the shootout with officers.

"What can possess someone to take the life of a child, is beyond on me - and we may never know", said prosecutor Tim Lohmar.

Investigators said Emery was "matter-of-fact" after his arrest Saturday morning and refused to make a statement about the killings.

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis said three victims were found inside the home in St. Charles, Missouri early Saturday.

Laurie Skrivan  St. Louis Post Dispatch via AP
Laurie Skrivan St. Louis Post Dispatch via AP

Rick Moeckel said that his daughter and Emery had been dating for about a year and a half, and he had no reason to suspect any history of domestic violence.

Police say Emery then attempted to carjack a woman, stabbing her several times but failed in his attempted to take the vehicle. "Anytime you have a domestic violence case you worry about the safety of the victim, and this would be your worst nightmare".

Officers found the fourth victim, a 39-year-old woman, in the home's master bedroom, suffering from gunshot wounds but still alive, Lohmar said.

A Missouri man killed her girlfriend, her young children and her mother, authorities said Saturday. The fourth died at a hospital.

At 11:55 p.m. Friday, Saint Charles police received a 9-1-1 call from someone reporting a man with a gun, KMOX radio reported.

At a Sunday press conference, police did not identify the caller but said that screams and multiple shots could be heard in audio of the 911 call, which was described as "chilling". The carjacking victim is going to recover from her physical injuries and no officers were hurt. But when he sought shelter in the bathroom of the convenience store a few miles away, an employee contacted police, Lohmar said.

Lohmar said each of the charges filed carries a penalty of 30 years to life in prison. No names have been released.

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