Man Killed Stranger, Son, Self in RV Park
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The man who led a deadly 7-hour SWAT standoff at a Deerfield Beach, Fla., RV park shot an elderly stranger before bursting into the home and stabbing his own wife, two sons and himself, authorities said today (Feb. 10).
According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, 41-year-old William De Jesus, from Port Orange, drove his red Ford Mustang into the Highland Woods RV Park at 900 Northeast 48th Street around 6:20 p.m., NBC News, Miami, reported
With De Jesus were his 37-year-old wife, Deanna, and sons Samson, 7, and Jeshiah, 9, the BSO said.
De Jesus approached the 35-foot motorhome occupied by Quebec natives 76-year-old Oliva Plante and girlfriend Pierrette Beauchemin, also in her 70s, the BSO said.
Plante approached De Jesus, who started yelling. When Plante pushed De Jesus away, De Jesus pulled out a revolver and shot Plante in the chest, authorities said.
As Plante lay on the ground, De Jesus approached him and "executed him with another gunshot to the head," the BSO said.
De Jesus then led his family into the RV, which was still occupied by Beauchemin, who was able to escape the RV unharmed when deputies arrived.
Authorities say they communicated with De Jesus by phone early on, trying to get him to surrender peacefully, but communications stopped.
The standoff lasted over seven hours, and by the time SWAT officer entered the RV, around 12:30 a.m., De Jesus and son Jeshiah were dead and Deanna and Samson badly wounded, the BSO said.
Detectives say De Jesus stabbed his sons with a knife from the RV's kitchen before stabbing his wife and himself.
Deanna and Samson were rushed to nearby hospitals, where they remained in serious condition Friday.
"This was such a devastating outcome, with a little boy found dead, a woman critically injured and another little boy critically injured," BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella said. "It was very difficult for everybody here."
The BSO said it appears De Jesus and Plante didn't know each other, and authorities didn't say what the De Jesus family was doing in the area.
The incident had residents of the trailer park shocked.
"Blood all over the place…we were scared," said Gerald Baudin, who said he saw some of the drama unfold. "It's terrible something like that happened, you never thought that would happen here."