US policemen find human remains in firemen killer’s home
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US police have found "human remains" in the torched home of a New York man, who shot dead two firefighters on Christmas eve before dying of a self-inflicted gun shot wound, and suspect that the victim was his sister with whom he shared a bitter relationship.
William Spengler, the 62-year-old, who left a chilling note in which he described his intent to burn down more houses and "do what I like doing best, killing people" — had set his house and car on fire in Webster on Monday, setting a trap for the firefighters. He lay in wait as first responders arrived on the scene to put out the blaze.
Spengler, a convicted felon, was armed with three different weapons, including a Bushmaster rifle, and immediately started firing upon the first responders, police said. He killed two firefighters and injured as many before killing himself just as police closed in on him.
Police also disclosed that "human remains" were found in the home of Spengler and suspect that they are those of his sister Cheryl Spengler, 67, who had been living with him but was "unaccounted for" since the day of Spengler's crime.
Pickering did not give more details of Spengler's sister and said the matter was still under investigation. Monroe County medical examiner's office also declined to comment.