Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

Ex-Baltimore officer and his 2 children among 4 dead in apparent murder-suicide

The manhunt for a former Maryland police officer accused of abducting his two daughters ended Thursday, Nov. 18, with him, a woman and two children fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Former Baltimore County police officers Robert Vicosa, 41, suspended Baltimore County police Sgt. Tia Bynum, 35, and two young children believed to be Vicosa's daughters were found with gunshot wounds in an SUV in Smithsburg, Maryland, after a police pursuit, Maryland State Police confirmed late Thursday, Nov. 18.

Vicosa was accused of abducting his daughters at gunpoint Monday, Nov 15, from the home of his estranged wife in Pennsylvania's Windsor Township, as well as assaulting the wife and stealing her vehicle, police in that state had said.

About 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police attempted to stop a Ford Edge that matched the description of a vehicle used in multiple crimes, but the driver continued across the Maryland state line, veered off the road and crashed into a fence line.

Maryland troopers tried to make contact with the people inside, but broke a window after getting no response. Bynum was found in the driver's seat, and Vicosa and the two children were in the back seat, Maryland police said. All four had been shot.

Vicosa, Bynum and one of the children were pronounced dead at the scene, and one child was taken to a local hospital, where she died, Maryland police said.

State police said there was no motive for the shooting, which they described as an apparent murder-suicide.Latest Post