Terry Strawn, 58, was elected as an annual police officer. His cousin posted the tragedy on Facebook, saying they were very depressed when they learned about it.
Terry Strawn killed his 54-year-old wife, 32-year-old daughter and 6-year-old granddaughter early Wednesday morning. At 6:42, he radioed other policemen to say there was an emergency. He said he had killed three of his family members and told his colleagues where to find their bodies. Then he said he was going to commit suicide in a nearby high school. A policeman on the phone advised him not to commit suicide, while other policemen searched for him near high school.
At 7 oclock, the police found him near high school and tried every means to persuade him not to hurt himself. But Terry Strawn said he had to leave, stay with his family and shoot himself. Police said no students and school staff were present at the time of the incident.
That afternoon, investigators and forensic doctors searched the three sites. Police said there was no sign they could believe that the deputy sheriff would do such a thing.
Terry Strawn began working in Hillsborough County Sheriffs office in 1991. He retired two years ago, but after frequent shootings in American schools, he went to a local elementary school to work as a security guard. Last summer, Hillsborough County Sheriffs office returned, and he was very happy. Terry Strawn talked about his financial and health problems before he died. But police said they had not found any financial problems during their pre-employment background investigation last year.
Terry Strawn and his wife filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in 2011, claiming that they had less than $50,000 in assets and were heavily indebted, and listed their assets: a jeep, two trucks, a boat and a gun. But court records show that they are eligible for a mortgage and bought a house early this year. The incident is still under investigation.
Source: Cover News - Responsible Editor of West China Metropolitan Daily: Xu Meng_NN7485