Border protection officer killed family, then self in Orange County home, Sheriff’s Office says

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer assigned to the Orlando International Airport shot and killed his wife and two young sons before turning the gun on himself at his Orlando home, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the home on Corner Glen Drive Thursday evening after Customs and Border Protection had not heard from their employee for a while, Sheriff John Mina said during a news conference. Some of the residents had also not been seen since last week, Mina said.

After deputies forced entry into the home, they found the officer, a woman in her 30s and two boys who were middle school and high school age dead in a murder-suicide, Mina said during a news conference. Their names have not been released.

Mina said there is no threat to the community and no further suspects. He described the neighborhood where they were found as “a quiet neighborhood.”

One man who lives in the area says he heard strange noises on Monday but thought nothing of it.

Neighbors say they believe the family has lived in the home for about five or six years, and they would often see the officer walking a family dog.

Graylann Holland, a neighbor, said one of the boys killed played sports with him.

“He is more than a teammate to me. I just didn’t think this could happen,” Holland said. “I don’t know how I’m going to continue a lot of stuff without him.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the identities will be released on Friday.

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