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Florida man kills a priest and his sister before shooting his own grandfather

2024-02-01T15:34:34+00:00
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Brandon Kapas, kills a priest, sister, grandfather
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  • Brandon Kapas killed three people.
  • He was shot and killed by police.
  • Authorities are investigating.

A Florida man is accused of killing a priest and his sister before heading to a family celebration and killing his own grandfather.

Four people died by the end of the spree, which ended in a shoot-out with police.

Local media revealed that the suspect was identified as Brandon Kapas.

Images of the arsenal found in his car are circulating on social media.

Brandon Kapas is accused of killing 3 people

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In a horrific incident, Palm Bay authorities reported that they responded to a domestic disturbance that ended in gunfire.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the man accused of killing three people and seriously injuring two police officers was identified as Brandon Kapas.

The 24-year-old is believed to have shot a retired and priest and his sister before going to a family birthday party where he shot his own grandfather.

Kampas reportedly became unruly during the party and his family called police.

What happened in Palm Bay that day?

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The tragic chain of events began when Palm Bay police responded to an emergency call about a disturbance at the Kapas family home.

It was Brandon’s uncle, who informed the authorities about his nephew’s behavior and said that he had a loaded gun.

Shortly after, county authorities arrived at the home where they found Kapas brandishing a weapon.

Kapas reportedly got into a confrontation with the officers and opened fire, seriously injuring two of them as they attempted to control the situation.

Did he murder his grandfather in cold blood?

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Amid the chaos, Kapas shot and killed his own grandfather, William Kapas, who tried to intervene to calm the situation, authorities said.

Police found an arsenal, including multiple rifles and handguns, in the vehicle his uncle said he was driving

So far, authorities have not revealed the reason why Kapas had so many weapons. Images of the incident went viral on social media.

The exact circumstances that led to the violent episode that ended in the deaths of four people are still being investigated, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

What happened to Brandon Kapas and his family?

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County authorities found the 24-year-old man, who attempted to flee the scene.

According to the police report, an officer used his taser and managed to stun Kapas.

Even after being tasered, he tried to resist arrest and police had to use more force to restrain the alleged shooter.

The quick response of more police officers resulted in a deadly confrontation, where Brandon Kapas was killed by law enforcement.

Was he related to the priest and his sister?

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According to Police Chief Mariano Arguello, the other victims were identified as the Reverend Robert Hoeffner, a retired priest, and his sister, Sally Hoeffner.

They were believed to have been killed before Kapas’s grandfather, who had traveled from Kentucky to be able to celebrate his birthday party surrounded by his family.

Police are still unsure what the link between the Hoeffners and Brandon Kapas was.

Augello praised the bravery and quick action of his officers, saying that they prevented the tragedy from being even more devastating, according to the Tampa Bay Times. To see photos click HERE.

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