Forty-eight-year-old David Conley III yielded to police in Texas after several hours of standoff that killed a family, including six children, on Sunday. One of the casualties was the suspect’s 13-year-old son Nathaniel.
Dead bodies were found in the house’s three bedrooms in Falling Oaks road in north Houston, and some of them were handcuffed, said Homicide Detective Craig Clopton, during news conference. They all sustained gunshot wounds. Conley reportedly had romance with one of the adult victims.
“We do not and cannot understand the motivations of an individuals who would take the lives of so many people, including children,” said Chief Deputy Tim W. Cannon during the conference on Sunday as quoted by New York Times.
On Saturday evening, deputies received a call from one of the relatives of Valerie Jackson—one of the victims murdered—to ask for welfare check at home. After several attempts of reaching someone at home, a supervisor looked through the record of Conley and discovered there was an outstanding warrant against him.
Cannon followed the department protocol and mobilized the High Risk Operations Unit at the scene. While waiting, deputies peeked through a window and saw a child’s body. That was when they decided they should move in even by force.
But their first attempt was botched by gunfire apparently from the suspect. It was only after a few hours of negotiation between Conley and the hostage negotiation team that the suspect surrendered.
“Tragically, it was too late to save the lives that were lost last evening,” Cannon lamented.
Conley is currently at the custody of the police for prior charges of three counts of capital murder—one count is for a person below 6—and assault. Sunday’s victims were identified as Valerie Jackson, 40, and her husband Dwayne Jackson, 50; Honesty Jackson, 11; Dwayne Jackson, Jr., 10; Caleb Jackson, 9; Jonah Jackson, 6; Trinity Jackson, 7; and Nathaniel, 13.