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Update: Man kills mother, aims rifle at police before being gunned down by officers
WALNUT HILLS (FOX19) -
We now know the name of the man police say stabbed his
mother and then aimed a rifle at officers early Monday morning. He is
37-year-old Gregory Sanders.
Cincinnati Police say at around 5 a.m. Monday morning, Gregory Sanders went to his
neighbor's house and told them he had murdered his mother. That is when that
neighbor called 911 and handed Sanders the phone.
Police. Someone just called 911. Do you need police, fire or medical?"
asks a 911 dispatcher.
"Yes. I just…I just
murdered my mother," said Sanders.
minutes, four officers responded to the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue in Walnut
Hills. When they approached the home, they saw Sanders sitting in his living
room through a screen door.
"As the officer began
to initially address Mr. Sanders, Mr. Sanders did not reply verbally but he
reached down to the floor and picked up an object that, in the dark, it took a second
for officers to discern what it was. It was a rifle," said Lt. Colonel James L.
Whalen, Assistant Police Chief for the Cincinnati Police Department.
that point, Lt. Col. Whalen says officers retreated back to their vehicles but
Sanders followed with this unloaded rifle aiming it at the cops. Seconds later,
you can hear several shots fired over police radio.
"There was a total of
20 shots fired in total between three police officers," says Lt. Col. Whalen.
was several times in the torso and once in the head. He died at the scene. Soon
after, police found the body of his mother -- 59-year-old Deborah Jean Sanders -- inside the home they shared along with evidence of recreational drug use and
several sharp weapons. Lieutenant Colonel James Whalen says Mrs. Sanders had
reportedly been gravely ill. However, it appears she died from one or more stab
"Mr. Sanders was
clearly her caretaker. Their relationship was described as somewhat agitated
between them on an ongoing basis but I really can't tell you what led to this
particular flow of events this morning," says Lt. Col. Whalen.
Lt. Col. Whalen says
Gregory Sanders had no history of mental illness but those close to him told
police his demeanor seemed stressed over the last week.
There were a total of four officers involved but only three
of them fired their weapons. Ofc. Kenneth Grubbs who joined Cincinnati Police
January 11th, 1998. Ofc. William Keuper joined the department
January 10, 1999. Ofc. Stephanie Greene joined CPD June 22, 2008 and Ofc.
Michael Moore joined June 17, 2007.
All four officers are each taking a standard seven-day leave
while the investigation is completed.
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