Children Killed by Florida Man During Hours-Long Standoff Identified

Children Killed by Florida Man During Hours-Long Standoff Identified

The attorney did not reveal the last names of the children.

A review of court documents also show that Lindsey had on multiple occasions been accused of battering women, including the mother of four of the children he killed during the standoff.

A member of the SWAT team stormed the home around 8:30 p.m. after seeing at least one dead child in a bedrooms.

Those who lived close to the apartment where Lindsey barricaded himself inside with the four children were forced to evacuate as police handled hostage negotiations. Officer Kevin Valencia was shot and was in critical condition but is expected to survive, Mina said Monday.

Mina said officers tried to offer one of their phones to Lindsey, whose phone had spotty service, and saw that one of the children had been killed.

The attorney says 12-year-old Iraya, 10-year-old Lillia, 6-year-old Aidan and 1-year-old Dove were killed by 35-year-old Gary Lindsey. A medical examiner's van left the apartment complex midmorning.

Mina said police made a decision to delay forcibly entering the apartment out of concern that the children could be inadvertently injured as they confronted Lindsey.

Details were still emerging on Tuesday about Valencia's work at the Orlando Police Department, or specifics of how the call that led to a almost 24-hour police standoff unfolded. Lindsey was using a cell phone that only worked with a Wifi connection and sporadically dropped calls, according to police.

"His kids were handsome, sweet children - well-mannered, as well", Gonzalez said. "In these types of situations, that's our biggest concern. We just implore him to release those children to us unharmed". Authorities entered the apartment around 9 p.m. hoping to rescue the others but all were found dead.

Authorities claimed that they had been in "direct and indirect" contact with Lindsey throughout the day of the almost 24-hour long standoff, with the last contact taking place between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.


"Losing four children is unfathomable", Benenati told the AP.

Lindsey, who was a convicted felon on parole until 2025, was found with five guns in the home, including two shot guns, two rifles and a handgun.

Lindsey told his girlfriend to leave their Orange City, Florida, home and when she refused, he told her, "You need to get the dogs and leave my grave", the report said.

"Some may question why she ran out of that building, but nobody can know what she was going through, what horror she was feeling", Benenati said of the mother. When police arrived on the scene, the woman had blood on her shirt, pants, and face.

Officers tried to arrest Lindsey at the flat when a shootout began. "While he was doing this, (the victim) lost her grip on Aidan and he slipped down the front of her and on to the floor uninjured".

In 2012, he was held for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery in a domestic violence case and violating his probation.

"It was a misunderstanding, I want to drop the charges", she wrote in a second affidavit declining prosecution days after the incident.

Court record shows Lindsey has an extensive criminal history.

Walter Benenati employs the father of the woman, whom police have not identified.

She had fled the apartment after he attacked her and called police from a nearby restaurant, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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