The former Marine has reportedly executed four family members in Lakeland, Florida, and also left an 11-year-old teenage girl in serious condition Sunday. Bryan Riley was denied bond Monday during his first court appearance.
He surrendered to police Sunday morning after a shootout with officers from inside the Lakeland home, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. He has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers, shooting into a building.
Who is Bryan Riley?
Bryan Riley is a trained sharpshooter who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was allegedly arrested for being responsible for a brutal massacre in a Lakeland home, where he killed a family of four, including an infant and a senior. The suspect has been identified by Polk County Sheriff’s Office as Bryan Riley, a Marine veteran.
After gunning down the Lakeland family, he further engaged in a shootout with the police officials.
— Polk County Sheriff 🚔 (@PolkCoSheriff) September 5, 2021
How old is Bryan Riley?
Bryan Riley is 33 years old as of the year 2021.
Bryan Riley Lakeland, Florida
According to police reports, the former Marine-turned-‘survivalist’ fatally shot 40-year-old Justice Gleason, his wife, their three-month-old baby girl, and her 62-year-old grandmother. He also shot dead the family dog.
Riley also shot an 11-year-old girl in the family seven times but fortunately, she survived.
She is currently undergoing treatment at the Tampa General Hospital. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd added that Riley did not pay any heed to the family begging for their lives and mercilessly killed them one by one.
With mental health issues, Riley told the family that he was killing them to “save” their daughter from suicide.
Bryan Riley Shooter
Bryan Riley had been a US Marine sharp-shooter with four years of active service to his name. He also struggled with PTSD after service but eventually landed a job as a security guard at a church in Orlando.
He was also found to be a methamphetamine addict but did not have any prior criminal record to his name.
“This guy, prior to this morning, was a war hero. As of now, we find zero connection between our shooter and our victims,” the police revealed while addressing the media after Riley’s arrest.
Bryan Riley Girlfriend
Riley’s girlfriend revealed that he showed clear signs of mental health problems, as he recently declared that he could speak back to God. He added that God has instructed him to aid in Hurricane Ida relief work.
Bryan Riley killed 4 people, including an infant, and wounded an 11-year-old girl, in a “mass murder” at a home in Polk County, Florida, authorities say. He did not know the victims, the sheriff said. Here’s what we know about him and the shootings so far: https://t.co/AmfvZHSKO5 pic.twitter.com/XORMgX2NtW
— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) September 5, 2021
However, his behavior became more erratic as the week proceeded.
Bryan Riley Shooting Victims
Before the shootout, Riley reportedly saw Gleason on a lawnmower.
At 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 4, the Sheriff’s office received a call about a suspicious car near North Lakeland. When the deputies reached the spot, the car had already left, but a woman told the police that the driver said to her:
“God sent me here to speak to one of your daughters, Amber.”
The driver, who was Riley, had seen Gleason on the lawnmower and decided that he had to save their fictitious daughter Amber. When Gleason told him that there was nobody named Ambe, Bryan Riley didn’t leave.
When Gleason’s family threatened to call the cops on Riley, he responded saying, “I’m the cops for God.”
However, he left soon afterward as the cops could not find him when they arrived at the Gleason household.
Meanwhile, Riley returned to his home in Brandon and told his girlfriend that God gave him a vision that Gleason’s daughter was going to commit suicide. “There’s no room for doubters in my life,” he lashed back at his girlfriend.
By the time she woke up the next morning, Riley had already gone out.
What We Know So Far
Around 4:23 am on Sunday morning, a lieutenant heard two volleys of automatic gunfire. When police arrived at Gleason’s house, they found a truck on fire while glow sticks lined up the path toward the house entrance.
Then they found Riley in full body armor but did not see a firearm with him.
Soon they heard another round of gunshots and a woman and a baby screaming and crying.
The lieutenant tried to enter the house and was shot at by the suspect.
The other officers immediately responded with gunfire with nearly a hundred rounds being fired. At the house, four members and the family dog were found dead while the 11-year-old girl was severely wounded.
Florida Gunman Killed 4, Including Mom Still Holding Baby.
33 year old Bryan Riley was ARRESTED Sunday.@PolkCoSheriff say the suspect was so aggressive that he tried to wrestle a gun from police as he lay on his hospital gurney.
Mugshot: @PolkCoSheriff.https://t.co/wgv2sMwBJn pic.twitter.com/bTPKH4kqEe
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) September 6, 2021
The gunman surrendered in the end and was handcuffed and taken to the hospital. However, at the hospital, Riley tried to jump and grab one of the police officer’s guns in the emergency room before being restrained with force.