SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A man who killed his fiancee, her brother and himself last weekend told a relative he was “going to kill a bunch of pigs” before he opened fire on two police officers, narrowly missing shooting one in the head, investigators said Thursday.
John Reno killed 45-year-old Heidi Errickson on Saturday night or Sunday morning, according to the Somerset County prosecutor’s office. He killed her brother, 55-year-old Frederick Errickson, on Sunday afternoon as Errickson walked up the Warren Township driveway to check on his sister, according to the Somerset County prosecutor’s office.
Investigators said Reno, 48, posted a message on social media that said “I so sorry!!!!!!!!!!!” and then called family members telling them he wanted to shoot law enforcement officers.
He immediately fired at two responding Warren Township police officers when they climbed out of their cars. One of the 20 shots that Remo fired at them “narrowly missed” hitting one officer in the head, investigators said.
None of the responding officers was hit or injured by Reno’s shots, authorities said.
After SWAT officers arrived, Reno’s gun malfunctioned and he walked to a wooded area behind the house and killed himself.
Reno was armed with an assault weapon that is illegal in New Jersey and did not have a state firearms identification card, Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said.
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