Standoff with suspect in North Royalton murders comes to an end

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio — Brunswick Police took a man into custody early Tuesday morning following a standoff on Valley Forge Drive that began Monday night.

Brunswick Police confirmed George Brinkman, 45, was the man taken into custody just before 5:30 a.m.

Police suspect him in the murders of a mother and two daughters in North Royalton. Suzanne Taylor, 45, and her two adult daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer, were found inside their home Sunday evening.

Police said the man knew the people who lived in the Brunswick home. There was a woman inside the home when the standoff began around 9 p.m. Monday, but she was released unharmed.

Lt. Robert Safran, Brunswick Police, said Brinkman was taken to the hospital immediately after he was taken into custody.

“No shots fired, but a taser was utilized to take him into custody,” Lt. Safran said.

Safran said negotiators will able to communicate with Brinkman by yelling through a window.

“Most of it was done face-to-face,” he said.

“When you negotiatie with someone obviously you want it to be a peaceful ending,” Lt. Safran said.

The standoff ended just as the sun was coming up.

“It helps to operate under the cover of darkness,” he said.

North Royalton Police will continue the investigation.

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