Monday, August 29, 2011

Leonard John Egland a Army Captain hunted by police over killing of four people is found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound - 28th Aug 2011

Police say an Army captain being sought in the deaths of four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia has been found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Pennsylvania State Police spokesman David Lynch says the body of 37-year-old Leonard John Egland of Fort Lee, Virginia, was found shortly after 3.30pm Sunday in Warwick Township.

Egland, who recently returned from war service and fired at officers in suburban Philadelphia, was wanted in connection with the Virginia deaths of his ex-wife, her boyfriend and the boyfriend's young son, authorities said.

The soldier's former mother-in-law was also killed.

District Attorney David Heckler didn't know when the Virginia deaths occurred, but said Egland's former mother-in-law, 66-year-old Barbara Reuhl of Buckingham, Pennsylvania, was believed to have been killed Saturday night.

Later that night, Egland went to St. Luke's Hospital in Quakertown, where he tried to leave his young daughter along with a note, Mr Heckler said.

Fears that the combat veteran was on a mission to wipe out his ex-wife's family led to police guards being placed on relatives homes. Read More