Gunman Fatally Shoots 4, Then Himself
NEWTON FALLS, Ohio — Five people are dead after a gunman opened fire in a home Friday afternoon, before turning the gun on himself in a nearby cemetery, Fox 8 News reports.
It started with a 9-1-1 call just after 12 p.m, with “yelling and other commotion going on in the background,” a news release from Newton Falls police stated.
Officers responded to the home on Trumbull Court and found the bodies of 42-year-old Rikki Cogley, his wife, Kathy Cogley, 39, and her 15-year-old son, whose name has not yet been released, Newton Falls police said. Another juvenile in the home was able to escape and run to safety.
While processing the crime scene, police received a tip that the suspect was 55-year-old Robert Brazzon, of Newton Falls, who reportedly fled the scene in a white Dodge Intrepid.
A few hours later, the body of 39-year-old Tracy Engler, believed to be Brazzon’s girlfriend, was discovered in the couple’s Newton Drive home, about a block away from where the other shootings had occurred.
Officials said all four victims died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police later spotted Brazzon’s vehicle parked at a nearby cemetery, where he shot himself following a brief standoff with officers. Brazzon was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he died.
A second person is being questioned about the incident, but is not considered a suspect at this time, police said.
Neighbors told Fox 8 News that they were shocked that a crime so grisly could happen in their town.
“I think it’s crazy. We don’t know all the details, but you know, three of our neighbors are dead, and one of them was a teenage boy, and he was a good kid. You never think of this in Newton Falls,” said Jeff Culp.
The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, BCI and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office are assisting the Newton Falls Police Department with the investigation.
Stick with Fox 8 and FOX8.com for updates on this developing story as they become available.