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How ‘Catfishing’ cop Austin Lee Edwards used own gun to kill himself

How ‘Catfishing’ cop Austin Lee Edwards used own gun to kill himself

Following a law enforcement chase, the Virginia state trooper accused of “catfishing” a 15-year-old girl and then killing three members of her family fatally shot himself with his own service weapon.

A picture of Austin Lee Edwards.
Austin Lee Edwards

Austin Lee Edwards, who posed as a 17-year-old boy online to solicit nude photographs from the teen, killed himself in late November during a shootout with San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies.

Dozens of candles are laid on the sidewalk for the teen and her family that was killed.
Dozens of candles are laid on the sidewalk for the teen and her family that was killed.

“Detectives determined the gun used was Edwards’ department-issued semi-automatic service pistol,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Friday in an email to the Los Angeles Times.

Edwards traveled across the country from Virginia to the teen’s Riverside home. Authorities claim that after killing the girl’s mother and grandparents, he set fire to her home and fled with the girl, eventually killing himself.

The teenage girl’s grandparents, 69-year-old Mark Winek and 65-year-old Sharie Winek found dead inside the home.
The teenage girl’s grandparents, 69-year-old Mark Winek and 65-year-old Sharie Winek found dead inside the home.

After it was revealed that Edward had been detained in 2016 for a psychiatric evaluation for threats to kill his father and himself, Virginia State Police said this week that his hiring was the result of “human error.”

source:summarybio.com