Ex-Marine Kills Four In Weekend Rampage

September 06, 2021

By: Mary Moore

Four are dead after an ex-marine went on a killing spree in Polk County, Florida early Sunday morning, NBC reports.

Bryan Riley, 33, was taken into custody after a string of killings that took the lives of Justice Gleason, 40, and a 33-year-old woman who was still cradling her 3-month-old baby. The grandmother of the infant who lived nearby was also killed. The suspect didn’t stop there, he even killed the family's dog and shot a 11-year-old girl seven times. She is expected to survive. 

According to the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the young victim was the one to notify police that there were other victims who were dead inside the home. 

Police received a 911 call from the Gleason’s home earlier in the day to report that Riley was parked at the residence and that he had told him that he was there because God sent me here to speak with one of your daughters," Amber, to prevent her from committing suicide.” said Judd. When police arrived they didn’t see Riley.

Riley returned later to the scene wearing full body gear from head to toe as he started firing hundreds of shots. Police were met with a truck that was on fire and a strip of glow sticks from the road up to the house where the victims were. As police encountered the home they heard the screams of a woman and child, followed by multiple shots and then the suspect fired at police. Police returned fire striking Riley before he surrendered and was taken into custody. He said that the victims begged for their lives before shooting then to death.

Once in custody at the hospital Riley admitted that he took methamphetamine and that he was a survivalist before attempting to grab one of the officers' gun. "They had to fight with him again in the Lakeland emergency room," Judd said. "Once we got him tied down, they gave him medication to render him unable to fight any longer and they could continue to treat him."

Riley is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, arson, armed burglary and shooting into a building, according to a criminal affidavit, CNN reports. He is expected to appear in court on Monday morning.

The victims did not know Riley, according to multiple reports. He was denied bond on Monday.