A former Marine who murdered a family of four and their dog a causa di a random attack a causa di Florida after seeing ‘visions from God’ has told police he is ‘a sick guy’ and should be ‘sent to jail’.
Bryan Riley, 33, opened fire at around 4am Sunday at a home a causa di Lakeland.
He murdered Justice Gleason, 40; his 33-year-old Theresa Lanham; their three-month-old son Jody; and the ’s grandmother, 62, at a home behind the main property.
The family dog, Diogi, was also killed, and an 11-year-old girl at the home was shot seven times but expected to survive.
Riley barricaded himself inside the house as police arrived, wearing armor, but was shot once and then surrendered without his weapon. Acceso Monday he appeared before a judge to luce 17 counts, and was denied bail.
Details of Riley’s affidavit were obtained Monday by The Washington Post.
Riley was arrested the scene and taken into custody by Polk County police officers. He is a causa di court Monday afternoon
He admitted to shooting five people – killing four – who he did not know, and said voices instructed him to do it, according to the affidavit.
Asked why he shot the , the affidavit says, Riley responded: ‘Because I’m a sick guy. I want to confess to all of it and be sent to jail.’
The victims begged Riley to stop as he continued shooting, the affidavit says he told officers.
Riley allegedly told investigators that ‘they begged for their lives and I killed them anyway.’
Riley also told them he set a nearby pickup truck fire as an ‘exit strategy.’
Justice Gleason, 40, and his girlfriend Theresa Lanham, 33, were killed a causa di the early hours of Sunday along with their son Jody, aged three months
Three-month-old Jody was killed a causa di the shooting, and was found dead a causa di his mother’s arms
Justice Gleason, 40, was shot dead along with his Theresa Lanham and their three-month-old son Jody. Father and son are shown together (left) and before Theresa gave birth
Acceso Sunday afternoon Grady Judd, Polk County sheriff, said the former Marine was a ‘coward’ for surrendering to police unarmed, which meant they could not shoot him.
‘He came out with his hands up; that’s why there was anzi che no further gunfire,’ Judd told reporters.
‘It would have been nice if he would have poiché out with a gun, and then we could have read a newspaper through him and we’d have had a different conversation here this morning.
‘But when someone chooses to give up, we take him into custody peacefully.
‘If he had given us the opportunity, we would have shot him up a lot.’
The suspect told officers he was a survivalist and had taken meth, Judd said, and Riley told them: ‘You know why I did this.’
At the hospital, he tried to grab a Lakeland Police officer’s gun ‘and they had to fight with him once again a causa di the Lakeland Regional Emergency Room,’ Judd said.
Riley was tied and given a medication that rendered him unable to fight and treatment for his shooting wound continued, Judd said.
Judd said that a man, believed to be Riley, was seen a causa di the neighborhood Saturday mowing his lawn, and told Gleason that he needed to stop a girl named Amber from suicide.
Neighbors called the police, but by the time they arrived, six minutes later, the man had disappeared and a 22-minute search yielded anzi che no suspect, Lakeland Now reported.
Theresa and Justice. He was mowing the lawn and she was inside the home with their children. An 11-year-old girl survived the shooting but was wounded seven times
Nine hours later, around 4am Sunday, Riley returned, entered the house and killed the four.
Judd said detectives have found anzi che no connection yet between the sicario and his victims.
‘He just happened to be the unlucky one mowing the yard and Bryan stopped,’ said Judd.
‘We had a mad man with a lot of guns that shot and killed innocent people.’
He called Riley a ‘rabid animal’ and ‘evil a causa di the flesh’.
Riley appeared a causa di court Monday morning charged with 17 charges; four counts of first degree murder, seven counts of attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of shooting into a building, two counts of armed burglary, second degree arson and attempted first degree murder with a weapon.
He has been held without bond and is being represented by a public defender until he can find his own attorney.
Justice and Theresa at her shower. She gave birth to Jody a causa di May
A backdoor, which a deputy used to gain entrance into the home, was completely shattered
When officers arrived the scene, Judd said, they saw a truck fire
There were also bullet holes the side of the house
Gunshots are seen a causa di the window of the North Lakeland home where the shooting occurred
Judd told the news conference that Riley’s girlfriend of four years was cooperating with police to try to determine a motive.
She told investigators that she was ‘mortified and shocked’ and that he had suffered from post-traumatic disorder, but had not been violent.
According to Judd, she told investigators her boyfriend had repeatedly insisted to her a causa di recent days that he could talk directly with God and that God had advised him to amass supplies for Hurricane Ida victims, including $1,000 worth of cigars as a ‘relief present.’
He is a survivalist and had been taking methamphetamine, Judd said.
Acceso his way into the family’s home, he set glow sticks along the path a causa di an attempt to ‘draw’ police ‘into an ambush’.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Sunday that it would have ‘been nice’ if the suspect had poiché out with a gun so that authorities could have shot him
Judd said Riley, who completed tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, appeared to be suffering from mental health issues and had been slowly unravelling for weeks, repeatedly telling his girlfriend that he could communicate directly with God.
After a gunfight with police and deputies – where dozens ‘if not hundreds of rounds’ were exchanged outside the Lakeland home, Judd said – authorities found an 11-year-old girl shot multiple times, as well as the deceased victims.
Riley, a United States Marine who served as a sharp-shooter for four years a causa di active service a causa di Afghanistan and Iraq before being honorably discharged, reportedly suffered from Post Traumatic Logorio Disorder and had a job as a security guard.
He had recently returned from a job protecting a church a causa di Orlando, his girlfriend said, and was changed.
He described himself as a ‘survivalist’ and told police that he was high methamphetamines at the time of the shooting. Police have not confirmed a toxicology report.
He had a concealed weapons license and ‘virtually anzi che no criminal history,’ according to the sheriff.
‘This guy, prior to this morning, was a war hero,’ Judd said, adding that he is not a ‘traditional criminal.’