The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officers who shot and killed the suspect in a triple homicide in Riverside on Friday have been identified as a 28-year-old man who was once employed by the Virginia State Police.
The 11200 block of Price Court is where the young woman was seen getting into a red Kia Soul and departing with a male on November 25 at 11 a.m., according to Riverside Police Department officials. She appeared to be in trouble. Officers were dispatched after news of a house fire that was only a few homes from the welfare check call’s origin broke.
When crews from the Riverside Fire Department arrived at the incident, they went inside the house and found three adult victims sprawled out on the floor in the foyer. According to a news release from RPD, “their bodies were brought outdoors where it was discovered they were victims of an apparent homicide.”
According to an initial investigation, the young woman was a teenager who resided in the neighbourhood where the homicides and the house fire took place. She was later found to be with Austin Lee Edwards, a citizen of North Chesterfield, Virginia.
According to investigators, information about Edwards and the triple homicide was provided to cooperating law enforcement agencies. He was found driving alongside the teen through San Bernardino County, in the rural area of Kelso, “a few hours later.”
According to police, Edwards shot at deputies, who then shot him dead. At the scene, the 28-year-old was pronounced dead. The adolescent girl was not hurt, and the Riverside County Department of Public and Social Services eventually took possession of her in a protective capacity.
Investigators found that Edwards and the female youngster had connected online through a practice known as “catfishing,” in which a person poses as someone they are not to attract a partner. “It’s thought that Edwards got to know the kid online and acquired her personal information.
He drove from Virginia to Riverside, parked in a neighbour’s driveway, and then entered the teen’s house. At that time, according to authorities, Edwards allegedly killed the teen’s mother, grandmother, and grandfather.
According to the press release, “Detectives discovered Edwards had previously worked for the Virginia State Police at the Washington County Sheriff’s office in Virginia.” Mark Winek, 69, his 65-year-old wife Sharie Winek, and their 38-year-old daughter Brooke Winek have been named as the three victims.
To assist with the funeral costs of the three victims and the ongoing assistance of the two adolescent girls who lost family members, a GoFundMe effort has been launched. According to officials, the investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with further or pertinent information should get in touch with the Riverside Police Department.