An Ohio truck driver was arrested in Connecticut Tuesday for the murder of his wife and three other relatives, just months after he called 911 claiming to find the bodies “on the ground and bleeding.”
Gurpreet Singh, 37, is now facing four aggravated murder charges after investigators allege he killed his wife, her parents and his wife’s aunt in a West Chester, Ohio apartment on April 28, according to The Associated Press. All four died from gunshot wounds to the head.
Branford Police arrested the truck driver Tuesday in Connecticut after being contacted by Ohio police who reported that Singh was staying at a residence in the area.
“Singh was located by officers leaving the residence and was apprehended in the parking lot of Walmart,” Branford Police said in a statement.
He is accused of killing his wife of 17 years, 39-year-old Shalinder Kaur, along with her parents, Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, and Paramjit Kaur, 62, as well as her aunt, Amarjit Kaur, 58.
The arrest comes just months after Singh called 911 on the night of April 28 to report that he had found the dead bodies after coming home.
“They’re all down. ... No one’s talking. No one’s talking,” he said on the call according to WXIX-TV. “They’re bleeding.”
He would later tell The Cincinnati Enquirer that he arrived at home that night to find the door of the apartment had been forced open.
“I was shocked to find my mother-in-law lying down on the tiles of the floor. I thought she (had) slipped on the tiles and I was calling out to everyone to help me, but no one answered,” he said.
Singh said he discovered the aunt lying on the floor and his father-in-law unresponsive laying in his bed.
“I became aware then everyone was bleeding as was my wife who I found in the kitchen,” he said. “She must have been cooking.”
The couple’s three young children were staying with relatives and had not been home at the time.
After finding the bodies, Singh told the local paper he was praying for his family’s souls and for justice in the slayings.
“My wife, we were married for 17 years. We had three kids, whom we love very much and we talked about their future, their marriages. I miss her,” he said. “Now I am waiting for justice.”
He also went on to tell the paper that the trauma had been "too much" for him.
"It's too hard to even think of all that has happened," he said. "My brain is not working."
But investigators soon turned their attention to Singh—accusing him of committing all four murders. Authorities have released few details about the case or what evidence they have to link Singh to the crimes.
“There will be a day of reckoning in this case,” Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser told the AP.
Authorities reportedly located a gun from the pond at the victim’s apartment complex, but have not said whether it is the same weapon used in the crime.
Gmoser has said he plans to pursue the death penalty in the case.
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