An Ohio man was arrested Tuesday for the deaths of his wife and three of her relatives who were reportedly found shot to death in the family’s apartment in April.
Gurpreet Singh, 37, was charged with the aggravated murders of his wife, Shalinder Kaur, 39, her parents, Hakiakat Singh Panag, 59, and Parmjit Kaur, 62, and her aunt, Amarjit Kaur, 58. Singh claimed to have found the bodies at the New Haven apartment in a 911 call placed on April 28, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
“My wife and my family are on the ground bleeding,” he told a dispatcher while pounding on doors, per the Dayton Daily News.
Singh’s wife was found on the dining room floor shot three times, his father-in-law was shot in the head eight times, his mother-in-law was shot four times, and his aunt-in-law was shot twice in the head, WXKU reported.
The Daily News reported that two additional 911 calls were placed, one by a neighbor who claimed they overheard a man banging on doors and screaming for help.
Food was reportedly burning on the stove when the family-of-four’s bodies were discovered. A responding officer noted “a good amount of blood” in the living room.
An autopsy later revealed that rigor mortis had set in, suggesting the victims were dead for some time before law enforcement was called to the apartment, according to WLWT.
A motive in April’s quadruple homicide remains unclear. Singh and his wife reportedly had three children. Reports indicated that the aunt was visiting from India at the time of her murder.
Branford police said they apprehended Singh without incident in a Walmart parking lot. The news station reported that prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.
Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said, “There will be a day of reckoning in respect to this case.”
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[Featured image: Gurpreet Singh/Brandford Police Department]