November 25, 2022 – Austin Lee Edwards, now a former Virginia police officer was killed in a shootout after he drove across the county, committed a triple homicide and set fire to a home in Riverside, California.
He did this after ‘catfishing’ a teenage girl in to thinking he was a 17-year-old boy. Edwards killed both of her grandparents and her mother before setting the home on fire.
Edwards was spotted driving with the teenager in San Bernardino County. He was killed by a deputy after exchanging gunfire when sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him.
Police are still investigating and have not determined if it was a kidnapping but police stated they have no reason to believe she was complicit in the murders or fire.