A suspect in the killings of an Ohio mother and her two daughters, along with the murders of a husband and wife several hours later, is in custody after a standoff with police at a home in Brunswick that lasted more than nine hours, authorities say.
George Brinkman, 45, has been identified by WOIO-TV as the man who was holed up Monday night in the house on Valley Forge Road.
Brinkman is also a suspect in the Monday killings of a couple in Stark County, Ohio, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Rogell Eugene John, 71, and his wife Roberta Ray John, 64, were found dead hours before the standoff began, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the Daily Mail, police told a reporter at the scene that Brinkman was threatening suicide while drinking whiskey and waving a handgun at officers. Police used a megaphone to negotiate with him. SWAT officers, including snipers, were surrounding the house as police tried to convince Brinkman to surrender peacefully. Neighbors were told to stay inside for their own safety.
Brinkman was taken into custody about 6 a.m. Monday.
Police told reporter Alyson Bruner that Brinkman is a squatter who has lived in homes in North Royalton and in Brunswick, where he was taken into custody.
North Royalton Police are continuing to investigate and have not publicly confirmed Brinkman as the suspect in the killings. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the FBI are assisting in the investigation. A motive has not also been made public. No charges have been filed.