A Florida fireman allegedly killed three of his co-workers in a knife and baseball attack following a violent altercation with his boss yesterday.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told a news conference on Saturday that 39-year-old Shaun Runyon had punched his manager at around 2am on Friday “because of a crisis.” Judd said the authorities did not know what had upset Runyon.
Runyon then returned to his home in Davenport, where he lived with his staff, with a knife and a baseball bat and stabbed and beat those inside, according to Judd. Seven people were killed or injured.
One of those beaten to death on his bed was asleep, another was found dead on the porch of the house and a third was severely beaten and died in hospital.
Officials confirmed the third death Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
Authorities did not release the names of the three dead. Some children were injured in the attack.
Runyon faces three counts of first-degree murder and one additional battery charge, according to AP. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Runyon, according to authorities, chased a fourth man down the street and hit him on the shoulder with a baseball bat.
One couple, a married man, and their seven-year-old girlfriend managed to escape unharmed.
Runyon lived in a village with his seven staff members and their families. It was rented by J&B Electric, Inc., a Pennsylvania company, according to AP.
Runyon fled the house and hours later came to the couple’s home in Lake Wales, still dressed in bloody clothes and claiming she had been raped, according to Judd. The couple encouraged him to go to the hospital, where he was arrested.